Jet Lag May Cause Long-Term Memory And Learning Problems

Any frequent long-distance flyer can tell you about what jet lag does to their energy, sleep and awareness functions. But scientists who exposed hamsters to frequent jet-lag-like conditions — equivalent to flying from New York to Paris every three days — found that it affected neuron birth in the hippocampus, and likely the related problems hamsters had with finding desirable rooms in a maze and other memory tasks.

If you must fly against time, don't do it too often, and when you have to, try a clock-resetting fast and sunglasses to fight the mental warp. [Wired/ScienceNews]


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