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Jet Lag - Symptoms & Self Test


Symptoms

Jet lag from traveling across time zones can be difficult to cope with. You may feel fatigue as you are expected to be awake and alert for your daytime activities. The symptoms are likely to be worse and longer lasting the further you have traveled, especially if you travel eastward.

Complaints related to jet lag include:

  • Trouble falling asleep
  • Feeling tired or disoriented
  • Being unable to function normally during the daytime
  • Mild sickness
  • Stomach problems
  • Menstrual symptoms in females

Self Test

Have you traveled by air across at least two time zones?

Do you have trouble sleeping or are you very sleepy during the day?

Do you have difficulty functioning normally, a feeling of mild sickness or stomach problems within one or two days after travel?

If you answered yes to each of these questions, then you may have jet lag.

A visit to a board certified sleep medicine physician is not necessary unless you travel often and continue to struggle, or suspect you have another sleep disorder such as obstructive sleep apnea. 

You should be able to make adjustments to your sleep schedule and overcome jet lag on your own.

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