- Publish Date
- Thursday, 9 February 2017, 11:16AM
Even with all the fancy gizmos and gadgets airlines provide you with on a long-haul flight, nothing can hide the fact that you are probably going to be jet lagged by the time you reach your destination.
Airlines aren't making this aspect of travel any easier either, as Qatar airways have just announced their longest flight yet, a massive 16.5 hours from Doha to Auckland.
Scientists have claimed that they are a step closer to getting rid of the dreaded travel sickness forever though, thanks to the help of a certain protein.
REV-ERBa, the protein, is apparently the key to unlocking a regular, healthy circadian rhythm no matter where you are in the world.
The circadian rhythm is a psychological cycle that matches your body clock with the length of a day, and not only does it tell you when to go to sleep, but also when to eat and drink.
Apparently, this eating and drinking aspect is just as important as sleep in getting your body clock back into the swing of things.
This is where that protein, REV-ERBa comes into play, your circadian rhythm doesn't regulate itself, but REV-ERBa does, it helps by switching genes that coordinate the circadian rhythm on and off.
Basically, taking this protein will sync up your body clock with the time zone that you're in, but if that's still too complicated to understand, here are a couple of other options:
Adjust your sleep patterns before you get on the flight.
Don't eat a protein or fat heavy meal before you fly as digesting these types of food takes a lot of energy.
Drink plenty of water, avoid alcohol or coffee as these beverages will dehydrate you. If you have to have an energy boost or calm your nerves, have two glasses of water for every cup of coffee or alcoholic drink.