Jetlag occurs when there is a mismatch between the time of a person’s internal clock and the events affecting that person as a result of rapid travel between different time zones. There is a feeling of tiredness, fatigue, insomnia and confusion after a long aircraft journey.
People of all ages can get jetlag but most likely old age people are more likely to encounter jetlag as compared to young ones.
• Disruption to circadian rhythms (physical, mental and behavioral changes that follow a roughly 24-hour cycle).
• Traveling to east or west.
• The influence of sunlight.
• Airline cabin pressure and atmosphere.
• Number of time zone crossed.
• Frequent flyer.
• An old adult.
• Interrupted sleep/sleepiness.
• Confusion and fuzziness.
• Uncomfortable legs and feet.
• Digestion upsets.
• Impaired judgement and decision making.
• Memory lapses.
• Diarrhea or constipation.
• Upset stomach.
• Stuffy nose.
• Aching muscles.
• Swollen ankles.
• General feeling of not being well.
• Menstrual symptoms in women.
• Complete case history.
• Physical examination.
• Sleep inhibitors.
• Establish new routine.
• Avoid napping as soon as you arrive.
• Spend time outdoor.
• Light therapy
Prognosis is good once the patient adjusts internal clock/ circadian rhythms.
• Stroke/heart attack due to over exertion.
• Sleep disorders.
• Fatigue and foggy thinking.
• Jetlag linked to trauma to body.
• Physical and emotional shock and injury.
• Weakness, sore and bruised feeling.
• Sleeplessness and restlessness over-tired.
• Muscular soreness.
• Extreme fatigue.
• Walking mid-sleep.
• Sleep interruptions.
• Drowsiness with moaning.
• Weeping and wailing during sleep.
• Emotional and mental stress.
• Intolerance and disorientation.
• Excessive fatigue yet feels too tires to sleep
• Weakness, nausea, dizziness and fainting.
• Worse in the fresh air, from eating and drinking.
• Must lie down to prevent vomiting.
• Cannot get enough sleep.
• Delirious on falling asleep.
• Insomnia from exhaustion.
• Uncontrollable thinking with yawning.
• Sleepless from nervous irritation.
• Excessive trembling and weakness of all limbs.
• Irritability in chest and stomach.
• Nausea/ vomiting.
• Alleviated dehydration.
• Excess of anxiety.
• Drowsy during day.
• Anticipatory fears.
• Inability to adapt to new surroundings.
• Yoga helps is relaxing mind.
• Exercise regularly keeps you physically active.
• Take proper rest.
• Take hot shower before bed.
• Read books.
• Keep away from high noise level.
• Drink plenty of water.
• Plan according to new time zone and schedule your habits accordingly.
• Eat small light meals frequently including fruits and vegetables.
• Avoid heavy meals before bed.
• Before travelling use diet plan which is like feasting and fasting alternate them with high and low protein diet
• Ensure enough sleep before leaving.
• Limit intake of alcohol during flights.
• Trying to nap whenever you feel sleepy.
• Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
• Walk around the airplane cabin whenever possible.
• Expose yourself to daylight if possible.
• Limit caffeine intake.
• Wear earplugs.
• Wear eye mask.
• Maximize comfort with a pillow supporting neck and head.
• If travelling to west try to sleep late.
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