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Symptoms & Diagnosis: Jet Lag

Symptoms

There are many symptoms that patients with jet lag may exhibit. The list below describes many of the symptoms that are common amongst patients with jet lag. For more information on the individual symptoms, please visit one of the websites listed on the left-hand side of the page.

  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Nighttime alertness (insomnia)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Gastrointestinal dysfunction
  • Mood disturbances
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Muscle soreness
  • Menstrual symptoms in women who travel often

Diagnosis

Typically, the patient's primary care doctor will evaluate any symptoms that could be related to jet lag. In rare situations, if the symptoms are severe and frequent enough, the doctor will recommend for the patient to see a sleep specialist. These doctors specialize in diagnosing patients suffering from sleep disorders and will be responsible for the treating of the patient. In many cases, people with jet lag can identify the symptoms themselves when traveling. The questionnaire below can help a person determine whether or not they may be experiencing jet lag.

Questionnaire
  1. Do you have trouble sleeping or are you very sleepy during the day?
  2. Is this problem due to jet travel across at least two time zones?
  3. Do you have one of the problems listed below within one to two days after travel?
  • You are unable to function normally during the day.
  • You have a general feeling of mild sickness.
  • You are having stomach problems.

If your answer was yes to the three questions listed above, then it is possible that you have jet lag.

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