I've only really traveled internationally twice in my life and only once was the time zone drastically different, yet I recall zero jet lag. To be fair, I was 16 at the time and when you're that age, there's literally nothing that can mess with your sleep schedule. Seriously, take a 16-year-old on a plane back and forth from The U.S. to Japan every month and they'll still be chilling like a villain. Young people are RE-SILI-ENT. Ugh, I miss it.
Anyway, that's not so much the case for adults and jet lag can be a real hinderance to the quality of your life—especially if you find yourself traveling long distances often. For those of you who may have heard the term jet lag many-a-time in your life, but don't know the actual definition. Here ya go, according to Lifehack—"Jet-lag, medically referred to as desynchronosis, is a physiological condition which results from alterations in the body’s circadian rhythm, which results from rapid long distance trans-meridian flights. In laymen’s terms, this is your body’s natural reaction to a change in time-zones. As our bodies adjust to the new pattern of light and dark exposure, we become restless and having difficulty achieving R.E.M (the deepest and most imperative level of) sleep."
The good news is, it seems technology has finally upped the travel anti with a new gadget for eliminating jet lag entirely! It's called the Jet Lag Calculator and here's a complete overview from the company's website—
What is it?
- Jet lag occurs when your body clock is out of sync with the environment. It causes health problems and reduced alertness (Olson, 2013).
Jet Lag Rooster shifts your body clock to reduce or prevent jet lag:
- Enter your trip details on the reduce jet lag page.
- Get and follow your personal jet lag plan—see example
- Enjoy your trip with reduced jet lag.
Does it work? Yes.
"Research shows that light exposure and melatonin at the right times can shift your body clock to reduce jet lag (Eastman & Burgess, 2009; Kolla & Auger, 2011). Jet Lag Rooster creates an individual plan suggesting the best times for bright light exposure (e.g., sunlight) and melatonin. People who follow these suggestions report less jet lag (Lieberman, 2003). Shifting your body clock before departing can sometimes prevent jet lag completely (Burgess et al., 2003)."
It may be sightly biased, but I grabbed what seemed to be a reputable review on their website, from A DOCTOR no less, so it has to be true—
"Over the past 25 years, I have tried every scheme imaginable to combat jet lag… For the New York to Hague trip (6 hours ahead), I was amazed that I had almost no jet lag whatsoever. For the New York to Singapore trip (13 hours ahead), I started the jet lag plan three days before departure. The hardest part of following the plan was to stay up very late with light each successive night. Even though I had a light box, it was very inconvenient to do. But, after arriving, the first night I went to sleep 10:30 PM and awoke the next day at 7 AM. I was amazed how easy I adjusted to the 13 hour time difference. In both the Hague and Singapore, the speeches I had to give shortly after arriving went off without a problem and certainly without a hint of jet lag. Thanks for a good plan.
—Dr. Seth Gopin,Director of Global Programs at Rutgers University