Substance Abuse as a Remedy for Chronic Jet Lag

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Substance Abuse as a Remedy for Chronic Jet LagWhen issues like jet lag disrupt the natural rhythm of the body’s biological clock, the brain and body may suffer significantly. The body has an internal clock known as the circadian clock, and changes in sleep activity can disrupt the natural ticking or rhythm of this clock. These rhythms are dependent on things like social cues and daylight exposure, and traveling into another time zone can throw these instinctual cues off.

The term ‘jet lag’ is used to describe the effects of traveling into different time zones. These effects have minimal interference in a single occurrence, but people who frequently travel long-distance for work can develop chronic jet leg as their bodies try to align their biological clocks to the local time.

Chronic jet lag syndrome is considered a man-made circadian rhythm disorder characterized by the temporary mismatch between the timing of the sleep-wake cycle and sleep-wake pattern. Symptoms of chronic jet leg syndrome include:

  • Difficulties initiating and maintaining sleep
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Reduced alertness
  • Impaired cognitive functioning and performance
  • Gastrointestinal function disturbances
  • Frequent urination
  • Malaise
  • Eye and nasal irritation
  • Intermittent dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Muscle cramps
  • Edema

Chronic jet leg can result in the development of several other conditions and disorders like sleep disorders, depression, chronic pain symptoms, gastrointestinal problems and more.

How Self-Medicating Jet Lag Symptoms Leads to Substance Abuse

Whether an individual is traveling for work or pleasure, he or she does not want the symptoms of jet lag to disrupt the experience. In order to combat these symptoms, individuals often use a substance to improve their mood, and boost energy and alertness during the day, or to knock themselves out when unable to fall asleep at night.  Frequent travelers that experience chronic jet lag are more inclined to self-medicate their symptoms on a regular basis, which can quickly lead to substance abuse, drug dependence and addiction.

Substance abuse will significantly impair one’s ability to recover from jet lag and lead to a long-list of other serious repercussion. Mind-altering drugs only further complicate the body’s internal clock, so the misuse and abuse of substances is highly dangerous.

Alternative Jet Leg Remedies will Help Avoid Drug Dependence

There are several homeopathic, alternative remedies for dealing with the symptoms of jet lag. A health care professional can provide the name of several homeopathic medicines and herbs that treat symptoms of chronic jet lag such as sleeplessness, restlessness, irritability, stress, anxiety, digestion issues and more.

Other recommendations include maintaining a healthy diet, eating light, starting the day off with a high-protein breakfast, exercising and avoiding stagnancy, avoiding alcohol and caffeine, and drinking plenty of water. Experts also have created anti-jet lag diets that individuals can adhere to before traveling.

Know a Frequent Traveler Struggling with Jet Leg and Substance Abuse?

If you know someone who may be struggling with jet lag and substance abuse, call our toll-free helpline and learn about options for treatment and recovery. Our recovery professionals are available 24 hours a day in order to assist you and your loved one with any questions, concerns, or needed information. We have connections to a diverse-array of high-quality substance abuse and addiction treatment services and can help you find the programs and professionals that will work for your particular needs.