Geneticist Amita Sehgal of the University of Pennsylvania was recently studying fruit flies in her lab when she noticed something peculiar. The insects slept normally when bathed in light for 24 hours a day but tossed and turned when shifted from one day/night cycle, or “time zone,” to another. It turns out they were suffering from something akin to serious jet lag.
The flies, Sehgal discovered, lacked a protein she’s dubbed “Jet” that plays a key role in regulating their body clocks. No Jet, and the flies lose their ability to adapt to changes in the duration of lightness and darkness. If a similar protein is at work in humans—a likely scenario, she believes—it could be possible to banish jet lag altogether.
The allure of such a pharmaceutical would be hard to resist: A traveler could simply pop a pill to increase his light sensitivity, essentially resetting his biological clock and allowing him to adapt instantly to a new time zone.
The insects slept normally when bathed in light for 24 hours a day but tossed and turned when shifted from one day/night cycle, or “time zone,” to another.
Hmm, perhaps the airlines should just not turn out the lights on the planes, keeping us BATHED IN LIGHT FOR 24 hours.
i also find a few too many vodka's on the flight help to sleep at anytime, lights on or off!
i find not drinking caffeine before and during the flight normally helps me.....
After a flight we always try and keep active and awake and adjusting to the countries time zone so that when we go to bed we usually zonk out and dont wake in the middle of the night! That and alcohol usually does the trick!!
I think jetlag is not such a serious or lasting condition, that we need to start popping pills, to make it go away
I sleep throughout the flight, so I can't say I've suffered serious jet lag. My body clock is so screwed up anyway, so different time zones make little impression on me.
I can't sleep on flights - too uncomfortable and excited, I think. I'm usually pretty grumpy the first day I land...
I used to get plastered and fall asleep on the planes, but after getting on the wrong plane i now don't drink any booze on flights or before (unless there are long delays).
I find it difficult to sleep onboard flights, so usually have a good session on the town once i arrive.
Finding a cure for jetlag would be like finding a cure for the travel bug. As jet lag is all part of the fun traveling experience who can be bothered with a cure. It's all part of the wonderful travel experience and should be hung onto like an expensive bottle of red vino