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Jet Lag Hurts Both Mental and Physical Performance

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  • Jet lag occurs when travel across time zones disrupts your internal body clock, resulting in mental, emotional and physical symptoms such as lethargy, irritability, poor concentration, headache and general malaise
  • Recent research suggests jet lag can have a significant effect on your physical and athletic performance as well — a finding of particular importance for athletes who travel
  • You can re-synchronize your body clock to your destination by giving yourself a couple of extra days on site, or by altering your wake-sleep schedule at home. Use of melatonin and stroking your heart meridian can also be helpful

By Dr. Mercola

Jet lag, also known as flight fatigue, time zone change syndrome or desynchronosis, occurs when travel across time zones disrupts your internal body clock, resulting in mental, emotional and physical symptoms such as:


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