You can't wait to go to your sister's wedding and see family and friends. But you're not so thrilled at the idea of the long cross-country flight from California to North Carolina.
You feel fine for a while after you get there. But later that night, you have trouble sleeping, even though you're tired. And your stomach is giving you problems.
have jet lag.
lag happens when you fly across one or more time zones. Most people need to
cross three time zones to notice jet lag. The more time zones you cross, the
worse jet lag may be.
- Jet lag may make it hard for you to fall
asleep, stay asleep, or stay awake during the day. It also can make you feel weak, or
you may lose your appetite. You may not be able to have a bowel movement
(constipation), or you may have diarrhea.
- Jet lag can happen to anyone. Your age,
fitness, health, and how often you fly don't make a difference in whether you
- Jet lag usually is worse when a person flies east rather
than west. In other words, it will be worse when a person goes from the United
States to Europe than from Europe to the U.S.
- Jet lag makes you
feel bad, but it isn't serious. Most people get better 3 to 4 days after their
- The supplement melatonin may help relieve the symptoms of
jet lag. Sleeping pills may help too. But both of these also have downsides.
How can you deal with jet lag?