WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO DEAL WITH JET LAG? – Mark

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The key is to de­ceive your body. “Sun­light ex­po­sure is one of the most ef­fec­tive ways to re­align and re­set your cir­ca­dian rhythm,” says Dr Alon Avi­dan, a pro­fes­sor of neu­rol­ogy, and di­rec­tor of the UCLA Sleep Dis­or­ders Cen­ter. The lag means your body’s in­ner cir­ca­dian clock is strug­gling to sync up to the light and dark­ness at your desti­na­tion. So trick it: Start sync­ing at least one day be­fore the wheels go up, sug­gests Dr Avi­dan. If you’re headed west, avoid sun­light in the morn­ing and then soak it up in the af­ter­noon. Go­ing east? Do the op­po­site. If you can’t avoid bright light, don­ning some dark shades while you’re out­doors can help re­set your clock in the right di­rec­tion, re­port re­searchers at Rush Univer­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Chicago. Main­tain the same light-ver­sus- dark game as soon as you ar­rive at your desti­na­tion. Ac­cord­ing to re­search in The NewEng­land Jour­nalofMedicine, your cir­ca­dian rhythm should re­cal­i­brate af­ter a few days, so you can truly en­joy your trip.

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