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"How long does it take to get over jet lag?"
This is going to be a short trip. Does jet lag last hours or days?
Jet lag is an unfortunate consequence of travel. The severity of jet lag is directly dependent on how many time zones you are crossing and if you need to completely acclimate to the local time. If your trip only crosses one or two time zones then your jet lag symptoms will not be as severe as if you needed to cross four or five. I would recommend discussing this with your primary care doctor, as certain medical conditions can exacerbate jet lag. There are some basic things you can do to help offset the negative effects of jet lag. These include trying to plan your trip so that you arrive during the daylight hours as sunlight will help you feel more alert. You can also try slowly adjusting your sleep schedule a few days prior to your trip so that it is not such a drastic change to your schedule. Also, be sure to stay hydrated and avoid alcohol. Getting some light exercise before and during your trip will also help combat jet lag symptoms. Again, make sure to discuss your upcoming trip with your primary care doctor as he or she will likely have specific recommendations based on your health and fitness.
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