Jet-lag

Jim Waterhouse, Thomas Reilly, Greg Atkinson

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    Abstract

    Rapid long-haul flights lead to jet-lag or circadian
    dyschronism, characterised by various symptoms
    including fatigue (and yet inability to sleep at the new
    night-time), headache, irritability, loss of concentration,
    and gastrointestinal disorders (indigestion, loss of appetite,
    and bowel irregularities).
    No agreement exists as yet for standardisation of the
    symptoms of jet-lag. Comparison between studies can,
    therefore, be difficult. A more systematic approach to the
    problem has been adopted by Spitzer and colleagues,
    5
    who
    obtained a high internal consistency with the items fatigue,
    difficulty in concentrating, clumsiness, decreased alertness
    in the daytime, difficulty with memory, general weakness,
    dizziness, lethargy, and daytime sleepiness.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1611-1616
    Number of pages6
    JournalLancet
    Volume350
    Issue number9091
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 29 Nov 1997

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