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The Science of Jet Lag and its Management

Charmane Eastman
September 15, 2010

Watch Dr. Charmane Eastman of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago brief the Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus on The Science of Jet Lag and its Management. Dr. Eastman explains, using simple principles of circadian rhythms, why we get jet lag and why it is usually more severe after flying east than west. She will also highlight strategies to reduce and to eliminate jet lag using bright light, melatonin, and gradually shifting sleep schedules will be presented. All of these principles and procedures will be illustrated using the example of a commercially available flight from Washington DC, to Baghdad, with a stop in Munich.