A Step-By-Step Guide To Coping With Jet Lag

October 7, 2014 12:12 PM

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Everyone knows that jet lag feeling: You're groggy at dinner, but unable to sleep at night; you can't muster hunger at socially appropriate times and even your digestive system doesn't seem to cooperate. The problems don't stop there -- one study found that chronic jet lag could be an occupational hazard: Female flight attendants who reported suffering the most from sleep disturbance and disrupted circadian rhythms -- hallmarks of jet lag -- also had higher levels of cortisol in saliva samples and struggled with working memory.

"People tolerate a few times zones without too much difficulty," Timothy Morgenthaler, M.D., president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and a board-certified sleep physician, tells HuffPost. "If you're zipping more time zones, do some planning."

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