Jet Lag and Insomnia...Maybe a Diet is the Answer

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  • We all may have a food-based biological clock (as well as a light-based biological clock), so maybe, just maybe, when you are traveling you might need to adjust your eating schedule to help avoid or reduce jet lag.  We already know that there are certain "light exposure rules" you can do, depending whether you are traveling from East to West or from West to East.

    Well researchers found that when mice are actually fed during their normal sleep time hours, they adjust their schedule to accomodate that new feeding time.  The researchers assume that the same circuitry in our brains may also exist, leading to some eating recommendations for jet lag and shift workers.

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    Researchers suggest you fast for 12 -16 hours (that factors in how we are supposed to finish eating around 7 so if we go to sleep for 8 hours at around 10, you'd have 11 hours of "no food" before breakfast) and then eat breakfast at the new time zone breakfast hour, and you may be able to shift your sleep-wake pattern more easily to the new time zone.


    It's certainly worth a try!!

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Published On: October 22, 2008