Jet lag, also known as jet lag disorder and time zone change syndrome, is a temporary sleep condition that results when sleep-wake patterns are disturbed from travelling rapidly across multiple time zones.
Managing Its Symptoms With Homeopathic Medicines
Homeopathic medicines can help to ease the symptoms of jet lag. They help to manage its symptoms in a natural and safe way. The symptoms that can be managed with these include fatigue, tiredness, lethargy, drowsiness, disturbed sleep, sleeplessness, excessive sleepiness, irritability, mood changes, depressive symptoms, problem in focus and concentration, feeling confused, head heaviness/headache, dizziness and stomach issues like constipation and diarrhea. The medicines for jet lag in homeopathy are selected based on an individual’s symptoms. So it is advised to take homeopathic medicines prescribed by a homeopathic doctor for best results.
Homeopathic Medicines for Jet Lag
1. Kali Phos –To Manage Fatigue And Sleeplessness
It is a very beneficial medicine to manage fatigue and sleeplessness. It helps people when they feel weak and tired. They have low energy levels. The smallest of work appears like a Herculean task to them. Next, it is useful to manage sleeplessness issue. Here, a person has loss of sleep and wakefulness. Other than this, it is helpful to manage irritability and depressive feelings.
2. Gelsemium – For Drowsiness, Weakness, Dizziness
This medicine is prepared from bark of the root of plant Gelsemium Sempervirens, commonly known as ‘yellow jasmine’. This plant belongs to family Loganiaceae. Firstly, it is beneficial to manage drowsiness, dullness and weakness. Persons needing it have the desire to lie down all the time. Secondly, it is indicated for managing complaint of dizziness which is most marked when walking. Other indications for using it are irritability, heaviness in the head, concentration issues, and confusion in the mind.
3. Arsenic Album – To Manage Fatigue (Exhaustion)
It is a valuable medicine in homeopathy for managing fatigue. Persons who need it feel tired from the least exertion. They feel weakness in their limbs with a need to lie down. Besides, anxiety and restlessness may be felt.
4. Cocculus Indicus – For Loss Of Sleep And Fatigue
It is prepared from a plant commonly known as ‘Indian cockle’. It is effective to manage loss of sleep and fatigue. Along with this, dizziness can be there. This is accompanied by nausea and vomiting.
5. Coffea Cruda – For Sleeplessness Management
This medicine is very effective to manage sleeplessness. Persons requiring it are restless at night which prevents sleep. They keep on tossing and turning from side to side in bed. They feel drowsy but are unable to sleep. It is also indicated when the person is restless with frequent waking up during sleep.
6. Belladonna – For Managing Head Heaviness And Headache
This medicine is prepared from plant named ‘deadly nightshade’. It is a very useful medicine for managing heaviness in head and headache. The pain is felt especially on the sides of head. It is usually a throbbing type of pain. Heated sensation in head attends it. Some relief may be felt by pressing the head.
7. Ignatia – To Mange Irritability, Mood Changes, Depression Symptoms
It is prepared from plant Ignatia Amara also known as ‘St. Ignatius Bean’. It is well indicated for cases in which there is irritability, mood changes and depressive feelings. Those needing it may feel sad all time or there may be mood changes with alternate feeling of happiness and sadness. Along with this, there may be dullness of mind.
8. Nux Vomica – For Managing Constipation With Frequent Unsatisfactory Stool
Use of this medicine is considered highly beneficial in cases of constipation. In such cases, frequent, ineffectual urge for passing stool is the key indicating symptom for using it. The person needing it goes for passing stool many times a day but has unsatisfactory stool. Immediately after passing stool, he/she again has the urge to pass stool.
9. Bryonia Alba – For Constipation With Hard, Dry Stool
It is prepared from the root of the plant Bryonia Alba also known as ‘wild hops’. This medicine is prominently indicated when the stool is hard and dry. It seems as if it is burnt. The stool is passed by excessive straining.
10. Nux Moschata – For Excessive Sleepiness
It is prepared from powdered seeds of a plant Myristica Fragrans, commonly known as ‘nutmeg’. This medicine can be used to manage excessive sleepiness. Persons needing it have irresistible drowsiness. They may have mood changes ranging from laughing one moment and crying the next. They can have confusion in the mind and slow pace of application of mind.
11. Aloe – For Managing Diarrhea
It is prepared from the gum of the leaves of plant Aloe Socotrina. It belongs to family Liliaceae. It is an important medicine to manage diarrhea. Those requiring it have watery stool. Excessive passage of gas during stool also occurs. There is urge for passing stool immediately after eating and drinking. There is feeling of fullness and a constant feeling of pushing down in the rectum.
12. China – To Manage Diarrhea And Weakness
This natural medicine is prepared from dried bark of plant Cinchona Officinalis, commonly known as ‘Peruvian bark’. It offers help in cases having diarrhea and weakness. The stool is loose, profuse, frequent, and frothy. It has an offensive smell. Fetid smelling gas may pass with stool.
Reason Behind Jet Lag
In our body there is an internal clock called circadian rhythm. It regulate sleep-wake cycle and controls the schedule for sleeping and waking. Jet lag happens when there is disruption in this internal body clock. This is because, firstly when a person travels across multiple time zone, the body clock is not immediately able to sync with the new location time as it is still in sync with the original time zone to which it is accustomed. Second reason for the disrupted clock is excessive sunlight in the plane. Changes take place in the level of melatonin hormone (it is a hormone that makes the body ready to fall asleep) which is regulated by light exposure. It is released when lights are dim at night, while in the day, the production of melatonin is slowed down to keep a person awake.
Other than this, excessive screen time while on the plane can affect this clock. Next fatigue from travelling is also a factor linked with jet lag. Not drinking enough water during air travel can make a person dehydrated because the humidity levels are low in an airplane and dehydration can contribute to a few jet lag symptoms. Lastly, changes in cabin pressure and high altitudes are also linked to cause some of the jet lag symptoms.
The chances of jet lag increase with the number of time zones crossed during air travel. Flying towards the East raise the chance of severe jet lag symptoms as compared to flying West. Elderly people take more time to recover from its symptoms as compared to other age groups. Lastly, persons who fly frequently (like pilots) have more chances to suffer jet lag.
What Are Its Symptoms?
The symptoms of jet lag include fatigue, tiredness, lethargy, drowsiness, disturbed sleep (it may include sleeplessness or excessive sleepiness or early waking), irritability, mood changes, mild depression, problem in focus and concentration, feeling confused and disoriented, head heaviness/ headache, dizziness, an unwell feeling and mild stomach issues like constipation or diarrhea.