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Jet Lag and Light Boxes

Anybody that has traveled a lot knows the downside to it, jet lag. Although traveling can be a lot of fun, it can be hard on your body. Most people think that jet lag is something you can get over in a few days.But if you have ever flown to another country, you know how hard it is getting over jet lag.

When someone has jet lag, there is a disruption of your biological clock. Your biological clock tells your brain when to perform regular activities and monitors your sleeping patterns. It tells you when to go to bed and when to wake up. When someone is traveling across a number of time zones, our biological clock gets out of synchronization with the time of your destination, thus resulting in jet lag. Although how fast your body adjusts the new time zone depends on the individual, some people require a few days to adjust, while others don’t have any problems.

The length of the flight doesn’t have anything to do with jet lag, it is the distance traveled on the Tran meridian (east-west or west-east flights). A ten hour flight from Canada to Brazil usually won’t cause jet lag. But someone flying from Los Angeles to London will most likely result in jet lag.

If you want to adjust to the new time zone quickly, one of the best methods is to use a SAD therapy lamp. These lamps work to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder; however, they can also be used to help reset your biological clock. Use them in the morning when you are supposed to wake up, and it will help you reset your biological clock a lot quicker.

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