Traveling West-East? Why You’ll Feel More Jetlagged.

March 27,2018

By Uplift Contributor & Global Traveler: Kaitlyn Mentlick  

When traveling, ever notice you’re more tired, groggy, and feeling out-of-sorts when you fly East rather than when you fly West? The reason for this lies in the hypothalamus region of your brain, which houses your internal clock.

Your body’s internal clock is slightly longer than 24 hours, about 24.5 hours per day. When you travel from east to west, your body just extends your day, reacting to receiving light for longer. This allows for more adjustment time for your body, producing a smoother transition into a different time zone. The opposite, travelling east from west, shortens your day, confusing your body immensely. Traveling east will require about a day and a half per time zone crossed to completely reset your circadian rhythm, whereas travelling west only takes less than a day per time zone to catch up. Both result in jet lag which can be extremely disruptive to your trip or your return home.

This is where Uplift comes in: you need to match your internal clock to your destination ASAP when travelling east. Within the first hour of landing in a new time zone, use the Uplift Jet Lag App to activate the two pressure points needed to reset your physiological clock.

What else can you do to make traveling east easier and to reduce the symptoms of jetlag? During your travel stay hydrated, expose yourself to natural light, and try to be active during your flight. Jetlag is inevitably going to be worse when travelling from west to east, and although we all feel it in different ways and levels of intensity, it happens to everyone. The worst part? Losing time on your exciting trip because you’re too tired or don’t feel your best. Conquer your jetlag for your next flight by downloading the Uplift mobile app in the Apple or Google Play app store!