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Using Math To Take The Lag Out Of Jet Lag

There is a known connection between levels of light exposure, melanin, and proper circadian rhythms. The quickest way to adjust to a new time zone would be by applying bright light or no light at different points as a way of resetting the body’s internal clock. Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the University of Michigan have developed a program to figure out all the specifics for you.

The program, which seeks to re-synchronize the body with its new environment, considers inputs like background light level and the number of time zones traveled. Then, based on a mathematical model, the program gives users exact times of the day when they should apply countermeasures such as bright light to intervene and reduce the effects of jet lag.

The real question on everyone’s mind is, “how well does it actually work”?

“This work shows how interventions can cut the number of days needed to adjust to a new time zone by half,” said co-author Daniel Forger.

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