A pill to battle jet lag may be on the way
Monday, October 7, 2013
Jet leg can be one of the most frustrating aspects of travel. Whether an experienced globetrotter or someone on their first trip, dealing with the effects of changing time zones can be a challenge long after travelers have settled in to their serviced apartments. However, a group of researchers believe they may have developed a way to get rid of the effects of jet lag for ever, according to CNBC.
The study, conducted by scientists at Kyoto University, was centered around devising a way to reset the body's so-called "internal clock." To see whether this was possible, researchers genetically modified mice so they were lacking a hormone known as arginine vasopressin, which relates to the brain's circadian rhythm They found these subjects were able to re-adjust their internal clock quickly by soon adhering to 8-hour time shifts.
"The disruption of mental and physical well-being immediately highlights the importance of our internal 'body clock,'" Michael Hastings, a neuroscientist at the University of Cambridge, wrote in the journal Science. "It is also a curse because jet lag has so far eluded attempts at a cure."
Aside from helping travelers stay more alert, this treatment could also have health benefits. A 2006 study from University of Virginia found that jet lag could have potentially harmful implications, the Washington Post reported.