Five unusual facts about long-haul flights

Many of those who at least once made a transcontinental flight encountered a state of drowsiness and apathy in a new place.

Usually people associate this state with flight fatigue, but this is not quite true: bad health often comes from the fact that we cross thousands of kilometers in just a few hours and human biorhythms do not correspond to local time. All over the world this condition is called Jet Lag.

Jet Lug syndrome occurs only in those who fly east or west. When moving north or south, this effect does not occur because we do not cross time zones. And the flights to the West, as the sun moves, are easier than the flights to the East.

The appearance of unpleasant symptoms after the flight is also associated with age. Scientists have proved that children adapt most easily to the new time zone. The older the person, the more likely it is that the Jet Lag will appear.

Painful condition after flight may not be safe, especially for people who have chronic diseases. The process of acclimatization, combined with a long adaptation to a new time zone, may lead to the aggravation of illnesses.

Scientists are now seriously concerned about how to correct biological rhythms, and many of them are studying the problem at the genetic level. At present, the most effective and safe way to “wrap up” biological clock is to take melatonin, a synthesized analog of epiphysis hormone, which is called “sleep hormone”.

Melatonin intake should be started a couple of days before the flight and taken within a few weeks – it will help to adapt as soon as possible in the new time zone.

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