Beat Jet Lag With This Online App

  • Avoid daytime dozes on your next trip with this online jet lag application. Image by Corbis.

    Avoid daytime dozes on your next trip with this online jet lag application. Image by Corbis.

  • Light exposure and scheduled sleep can help you avoid jet lag. Image by Corbis.

    Light exposure and scheduled sleep can help you avoid jet lag. Image by Corbis.

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The seasoned international jet-setter knows that the biggest barrier to enjoying a trip is dreaded jet lag. Striking even in the smallest of time zone changes, jet lag can make you lose hours in your vacation itinerary or cause you to doze in boardroom meetings.

An online application, Jet Lag Rooster, aims to prevent this travel woe using an algorithm based on sleep and light exposure research. Designed by Canadian psychology professor, Jay Olson, simply enter your flight details and sleep schedule online. The app will create a customized sleep and light plan tailored to your travel.

Olson designed the application after “sleeping through the first week of afternoons on a Europe trip” and notes he hasn’t been jetlagged since. Research on his website suggests that controlled light exposure and the naturally occurring hormone, melatonin, can help shift your body’s internal clock and reduce jet lag. His online aid relies heavily on the science of jet lag tailored to an hourly sleep plan.

So before your next jet lag inducing trip, check out the web application. According to the website, a mobile application is on its way making it easier for globetrotters to beat this travel trap.

Jet Lag Rooster Tips:

-During certain times of the day, seek out as much light as possible. Spend time outside in sunlight (even if cloudy) or near a bright window. If dark out, seek bright artificial light, preferably from a portable light box. Intermittent light works, but try to stay in light for as long as convenient.

-Take melatonin as a sleep aid to ease you into restful shut-eye. The naturally occurring hormone has no lingering side-effects but should be avoided for women who are pregnant or nursing.

-To reduce travel fatigue drink lots of water during the flight and avoid direutics like tea, coffee and alcohol. Eat fruit throughout the journey and take a shower upon arrival.

For more information visit jetlagrooster.com 

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