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 sleeping patterns, the result of disrupting 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, insomnia, nausea, irritability, memory loss and confusion. That's not something you need to contend with on a business trip and it certainly won't make your vacation 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 why be a walking zombie when you get home from a four-day business trip? Don't worry. You can do some things to prevent these symptoms. In no particular order, here are five tips you can use to help combat jet lag the next time you fly.

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