- By Laurel Kelly
Consumer Health: Summer travel — don’t let jet lag spoil your fun
Preventing jet lag
If you have a summer vacation coming up, don't let jet lag spoil your fun. Jet lag, also called jet lag disorder, is a temporary sleep problem that can affect anyone who travels across multiple time zones. Symptoms include daytime fatigue, an unwell feeling, difficulty staying alert and gastrointestinal problems. A few basic steps may prevent jet lag or reduce its effects. Here's what you need to know.
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