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Researcher finds solution to jet lag

Frequent visitors to Vancouver International Airport could benefit from some new research surrounding jet lag.

Simon Fraser University researcher Jay Olson has found that travellers who adjust their exposure to light before travelling could skip jet lag.

Most people experience jet lag when travelling across time zones. But with a few simple steps it may be completely preventable,” said Olson, psychology teaching assistant, in a news release.

Olson created Jet Lag Rooster (jetlagrooster.com), a website where travellers can input their travel itinerary and receive a free plan to reduce jet lag. Each plan is designed to shift a traveller's body clock to a new time zone.

Olson developed the way to prevent jet lag after collecting details from numerous related studies. He found that light exposure at the right times can shift the body clock and prevent the common travel complaint.

By shifting the body clock before the trip or shortly after arriving, people can prevent or at least reduce jet lag," said Olson.

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