by Tamlin Wightman
on August 24, 2012

Unfortunately, time travel has yet to be realised. The average sane human can’t just beam themselves to the future where cocktails on a white beach in the Indian Ocean await. Instead, travelling to foreign lands demands tiring long haul flights, racing between airports and across time zones and, notoriously, jet lag.

Jet lag is, basically, the tiredness and confusion you feel after a long aircraft journey. It occurs when the body’s internal clock is disrupted after crossing two or more time zones (east–west or west–east). Good news is: it’s temporary, and there are ways to minimise the symptoms.

The speed at which the body adjusts to the new time zone depends on the individual; some people need several days to adjust, while others experience just a little shake-up. The basic recovery rate is one day per time zone crossed.


If you’re in the UK flying to Africa, you won’t experience jet lag since there is only a 1/2 hour time difference, depending on daylight saving. Travellers from the USA to Africa encounter it more severely, and it can kick in even a few days later after landing. If you’re coming from Australia, flying west to Africa, the impact will most likely be more severe on the trip there, than when going back home, since generally, jet lag is more severe when travelling east versus west.

Take a look at this handy infographic

Jet Lag Demystified

So, before your next trip consider the following:

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