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How does jet lag affect the brain?

Researchers learned that jet lag affects the part of the brain responsible for memory and learning:

• It limits the growth of brain cells and reduces brain activity.
• It leads to memory and learning problems.
• Even a month after recovering, subjects were still suffering from its effects.
 
Lance Kriegsfeld, UC Berkley associate professor of psychology, commented:

“What this says is that, whether you are a flight attendant, medical resident, or rotating shift worker, repeated disruption of circadian rhythms is likely going to have a long-term impact on your cognitive behavior and function."

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