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What are the symptoms of jet lag?

Jet lag symptoms can be challenging. You may feel tired when you are expected to be awake and alert for your daytime activities. The symptoms are likely to be worse and longer lasting the further you have traveled, especially if you travel eastward.

Symptoms of jet lag include:
  • trouble falling asleep
  • feeling tired or disoriented
  • being unable to function normally during the daytime
  • mild sickness
  • stomach problems
  • menstrual symptoms in females

People experiencing jet lag generally have a feeling of disorientation and fatigue and an inability to concentrate. Other common symptoms of jet lag include the following:

  • insomnia or broken sleep
  • dehydration
  • ear, nose, or eye irritation
  • headache
  • light headedness
  • nausea
  • aching joints
  • swollen legs or feet
  • irritability

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