Jet Lag is that dreaded enemy of the traveller, it is the phenomenon that occurs when travelling to a place in a totally different time zone from which we are accustomed. Our body is a system of habits , customs , and it needs time to adapt to any changes in its environment. Just think about what happens after a sleepless night ... our body will catch up with us as it is used to some hours of rest, and as a result we will experience extreme fatigue . So when we travel to areas of the world where the sun sets much earlier or much later than in our country, our body suffers. That is why it is also commonly known under the name of time zones or desynchronosis syndrome.
Of course we understand that Jet Lag is a phenomenon of the modern world because, as we can imagine , when journeys were made by boat centuries ago, it was not a problem for the body of adventurers to get used to the time difference . Weeks or even months trips allowed their bodies to gradually adapt to the new situation. That is why there is no record of this term until the twentieth century.
But as the plane was spreading as the easiest way to visit new places, unfortunately Jet Lag ended up being part of the vocabulary of tourists. As a curiosity we will say that the first references to this phenomenon were found in the magazine Los Angeles Times on February the 13th, 1966 which said "If you are going to be a member of the Jet Set and fly off to Katmandu for coffee with King Mahendra," wrote Horace Sutton, "you can count on contracting Jet Lag, a debility not unakin to a hangover. Jet Lag derives from the simple fact that jets travel so fast they leave your body rhythms behind."
But how can we detect whether we are suffering the consequences of this imbalance? Consider five symptoms:
1. Fatigue: General fatigue that forces us to stay in bed or lying on a couch despite our initial intention to start sightseeing on the day of our arrival.
2. Digestive problems: sometimes the person who is a prey of Jet Lag may suffer vomiting or diarrhea.
3. Stunned mind : at this point, the symptoms are both a general difficulty to remember things and to make decisions . There have been cases of travellers who have found it difficult to speak.
4. General apathy: the euphoria prior to the trip ends up becoming a widespread apathy towards the city of destination , no matter how much it has to offer .
5. Irritability : as it is also the case with insomnia , people who suffer Jet Lag also become more irritable.
Given this panorama , the question is how can we combat the effects of jet lag on our body ? It will be a good topic for our next post.