AUDIO: What’s the deal with jet lag?

Why do you get it, and what can you do to offset its effects?

May 22, 2014
[Image credit: Alexandra Ossola]

Anyone who travels knows that feeling — the disorienting, sleepy-awake feeling, like you’ve been hit by a bus. It’s jet lag. But why do we get it, and what can we do to offset it? Kathryn Free speaks to a researcher who may have the answer, and a pilot who fills us in on how people in his profession fight jet lag.

About the Author

Kathryn Free

Kathryn Free is a science writer and video producer based in New York City. Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, she discovered her love of science and nature after writing her second grade book report about Jane Goodall. She graduated from Caltech with a degree in geobiology. Even though she loved doing experiments with iron-breathing bacteria, Kathryn decided that she wanted to tell science stories. She moved to New York and worked as a television producer for six years before enrolling in NYU’s Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program.


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