5 Tips for Fighting Jet Lag

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If you've ever experienced jet lag, you know how much of a drag it can be. Jet lag occurs as a result of air travel, when traveling between two or more time zones. Your body is accustomed to operating a certain way, and when you disrupt its timing, you're likely to encounter problems. Jet lag is a disruption of your normal sleeping patterns, which in turn disrupts your circadian rhythm, your body's natural biological cycle.

Edward Norton's character in the movie "Fight Club" chronicles the struggle of jet-lag-induced insomnia due to his constant traveling. While his character suffered from an extreme case, and insomnia is just one of the effects of jet lag, it can lead to other problems such as disorientation, fatigue, dehydration, nausea, irritability, memory loss and confusion. None of those are things you need to contend with on a business trip or family vacation, and they certainly won't make your trip very enjoyable, either.

Sleep deprivation, or the inability to sleep when you need to, is the biggest problem travelers suffer from jet lag. Seasoned travelers may get used to it, but you don't have to be a walking zombie when you get home from a four-day business trip. There are things you can do to prevent the symptoms of jet lag. In no particular order, here are five tips you can use to help combat jet lag the next time you fly.