Jet lag good for you?

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1. Posted by Teoni (Respected Member 705 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

We make so much effort to avoid jet lag but now scientists think it might not be such a bad thing:

Jet Lag Might Be Good For Your Brain

Another benefit to travelling apparently.

2. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 182 posts) 6w 1 Star this if you like it!

I always get a second wind at some point during a long flight. I get wicked cranky because I cannot sleep on a plane, then survival mode kicks in at some stage.

I finally crash hard after being awake for 48 hours or so.

3. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1522 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

I thought the article was very light on detail, so I went Googling and found this one which explains in more detail...

Circadian clock plays unexpected role in neurodegenerative diseases

4. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 819 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

I like their comment "It seems counterintuitive, but we showed that a little bit of stress is good,".

However as stress is the cause of so many other health problems (both mental and physical) I suspect the actual level of 'a little bit' would be pretty difficult (if not impossible) to judge correctly for each person to a level which could be deemed as beneficial.

So It's really just a tiny little bit of extra info in scientists 'understanding/curing/preventing dementia file', rather than a meaningful discovery that travellers can benefit from.

[ Edit: Edited on 11-Apr-2019, at 11:06 by Andrew Mack ]

5. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1522 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

When I did pilot training they taught that a bit of stress is good, stimulation to keep you sharp, it's an overload of stresses that's a problem.

Eaxh task was treated as a slice of pie or the segments in a trivial pursuit counter - fill in the wedges with tasks and you're fine, it's when you go beyond capacity that it goes wrong.

6. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 819 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

I suspect that the pilot training also suggested that you'd deal with stress better when you're well rested, which isn't particularly how I feel after a long haul.
If you could just move across time zones at 4 hours per day then I'd guess it's a bit different from 8 hours in a day, but on top of that I don't think the flies were also cooped up for 12+ hours in the fly equivalent of one small place like humans in an airplane.

Never the less, it's a tiny new piece of the jigsaw for the scientists involved.

[ Edit: Edited on 11-Apr-2019, at 15:06 by Andrew Mack ]

7. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1280 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

I've just arrived in Singapore after 19 hours of travel. It's now 9pm and I'm Kerry Packered. When I'm bouncing off the walls and raring to go at 2:30am tomorrow, I'll remember that jet lag's good for me! 🤨🤨🤨

[ Edit: Edited on 12-Apr-2019, at 06:00 by Borisborough ]

8. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1071 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

My husband somehow sleeps on the plane. I can't do it for more than minutes at a time. Flying from California to Europe will create some jet lag but it's never been overwhelming. We just readjust our schedules to the new place immediately, i.e. never nap, just get out and get going or if we land at night (and it's our morning), we go to bed for 7 or 8 hours anyway. It's usually get out and get going and that seems to work best. I avoid coffee for the first couple days but that's our only concession to jet lag. Nice to know it may be doing us some good . . . ;)

9. Posted by smiley28 (Budding Member 3 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

When ever I travel on a plane, jet lag usually seems to hit a few days later with the time change. I have never traveled overseas. Its always been just in the United States. I can only imagine what it would be like flying over night and a long period of time.