One of the inevitable things that can happen to any traveler, especially when they’re the type to fly over long distances and time zones is the onset of jet lag — the disruption of the body’s circadian rhythm (internal body clock) that results in fatigue, insomnia, and other symptoms. Inexperienced long-distance travelers are the most susceptible to this disorder, but even seasoned travelers can still fall prey into it if they do not exercise proper caution to avoid jet lag in the first place.
It’s relatively easy to diagnose jet lag, which means that you won’t need to check yourself in a hospital after your flight just to know if you’re suffering from it. If you’ve just landed after several hours of air travel in a country with a large difference in time from where you came from and you experience symptoms such as fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, constipation, diarrhea, confusion, dehydration, headache, irritability, nausea, indigestion, difficulty concentrating, sweating, coordination problems, dizziness, daytime sleepiness, malaise, and even memory loss, chances are, you most definitely have jet lag.
Jet lag isn’t a serious problem unless it causes you to contract other sickness or lasts longer than a few days, but it can delay your plans for the next few days as you continue to recuperate from it — or at least make your tasks more tiring and harder to accomplish. It can also diminish some of the enjoyment in traveling altogether, especially if you’re highly sensitive to the sensations that accompany the symptoms. However, jet lag can also lead to more pressing concerns when it gets worse or you continually experience it, such as changes in your body temperature, blood pressure, hormone regulation, and metabolism.
As such, you’d do wise to prepare for and avoid jet lag as much as possible, not only to make sure that you can make the most out of your trip and not be cooped up in your hotel room for the next couple of days, but also to avoid the health complications that can arise should your jet lag take a turn for the worse. Check out this infographic by Hyryde to learn about the 5 simple yet effective tips to avoid jet lag.