Micro Life Zone
Asked by jcubo03 to Emma, Josie, Kristyn, Peter, Sarah on 26 Aug 2013. This question was also asked by jaimee207.
If not treated properly.. ages!
I gave some mice a jetlag once, and it took them weeks!
The trick is to get your body used to the new cycle as soon as possible by getting sunlight in your eyes in the morning and eating meals at the appropriate times. Your body has biological clocks everywhere, but the most important ones are above the eye-nerves and in the liver. If you can fix those you’re ok in a day or two.
It can take up to a week or two for everything to return to normal (although the first few days will be the worst), but it also depends on what direction you’re travelling and how many time zones you cross. Air travel can cause problems in other ways too (e.g., dehydration) that can make things worse.
Yep, @josien and @peter are right. It depends on which way you travel and how many time zones you have moved across. Bodies find it hard to readjust quickly, because sleep rythyms, called circadian rythyms, are slow to change. But, going out is the strong light, particularly sunshine, and doing exercise can help you readjust to your new time zone.
But seriously, the other clever people have done a great job answering this question 🙂
I try and get outside and get as much sunshine as possible and drink a LOT of water to get into the right time zone when I travel.
I think if you are jet-lagged and allow yourself to just sleep whenever you feel like it, it takes longer to go away.
If you force yourself to stay awake during the day, and try to sleep at night you get back into the proper rhythm for your time zone. Being out in the sunshine during the day helps a lot!!
I guess everyone else has said this already though! 🙂
I did not know that jet lag was that complex in which it effects your body and how long it takes to over come it. Interesting topic and well answered.
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Thank you all for answering 🙂
Oh it’s good fun, realmadrid1 I’ve always loved Chronobiology . Thanks for asking such a fun question jcubo03!
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