Is it the dawn of a new age of jet-lag-free air travel? It's a possibility says an article in Stuff.co.nz.
"The medical community has taken the next step toward finding a jet-lag cure, thanks to a Salk Institute study published last year in Cell," reports Eric Rosen.
The discovery that a protein called REV-ERBa (pronounced ree-verb-AY) may hold the key to relief will be welcome news to long-haul travelers.
"Turns out, the circadian rhythm, a physiological cycle that roughly matches up to the length of a day, doesn't just regulate when we feel sleepy-it also regulates when we get hungry and when we feel most active," says Rosen.
While this new discovery is great news, it doesn't mean that a cure is around the corner.
"Pinpointing that master switch and understanding how it works is the first step to controlling it artificially. By regulating both the amount of REV-ERBa in the body as well as how much it fluctuates over the course of a day, we might eventually find a cure for jet lag," Rosen says.
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Even without a pill, there are steps that you can take to alleviate the worst of jet lags effects.
"Yes, different strokes work for different folks-frequent road warriors tout everything from popping a pill before take-off to doing yoga upon arrival to apps -- but the more we understand the mechanisms that create jet lag, the better equipped we are to pick and choose our tactics," says Rosen.
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