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Jet Lag

EL AL Health Tips

The main cause of jet lag is the transition to a new time zone without giving the body an opportunity to adjust to the new night and day cycles. In general, the more time zones you cross in the course of your flight, the more your biological clock will be disrupted. The most prevalent symptoms of jet-lag are insomnia, fatigue, loss of concentration, loss of appetite or a desire to eat at unusual times.

To minimize the effects of fatigue, we recommend:

  • Rest and a good night's sleep before your flight
  • If at all possible, after arriving at your destination, give yourself a day or two to adjust to the new time zone.
  • If possible, fly direct in order to minimize flight duration and thus jet-lag.
  • If you are unable to sleep after arriving at your destination, try doing moderate calisthenics, taking a vigorous walk, or reading. Your biological clock generally requires an average of one day for each time zone crossed to adjust to the time zone at the final destination.
Please note that the information provided here is general and is not intended to replace consultation with a certified doctor.