jet lag

noun

Definition of jet lag

: a condition that is characterized by various psychological and physiological effects (such as fatigue and irritability), occurs following long flight through several time zones, and probably results from disruption of circadian rhythms in the human body

Other Words from jet lag

jet-lagged \ ˈjet-​ˌlagd How to pronounce jet lag (audio) \ adjective

Examples of jet lag in a Sentence

I had bad jet lag after that last trip overseas.
Recent Examples on the Web Over nine episodes stretched across two volumes, the kids are no longer in Kansas, and the jet lag shows. Helena Andrews-dyer, Washington Post, 2 July 2022 The symptoms of jet lag — insomnia, exhaustion and stomach problems, sluggishness and distractedness — are examples of the sort of overall malaise caused by circadian confusion. New York Times, 6 July 2022 Researchers based in Australia studied the impact of jet lag on performance in the NBA and the results are not good for the Celts. Eric Mack, Forbes, 16 June 2022 Ruangrupa’s members, grounded by Covid-19 in Jakarta and Kassel, caught Zoom fatigue instead of jet lag. New York Times, 9 June 2022 Lacking regularity in your sleep schedule can lead to a phenomenon called social jet lag, which refers to a mismatch between an individual’s biological clock and their social clock, says Dr. Dubar. Alex Janin, WSJ, 25 May 2022 Much of his staff and the reporters who cover him have fallen victim to the 13-hour jet lag. Noah Bierman, Los Angeles Times, 24 May 2022 On night two of our trip, while tossing and turning with jet lag, we were woken by a family of lions roaring playfully outside our room for hours. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, 18 May 2022 This all-new oceanfront hotel is just minutes away from the airport which is ideal for those getting off a long flight and looking to explore Papeete as well as get over jet lag. Judy Koutsky, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of jet lag

1965, in the meaning defined above

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“Jet lag.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jet%20lag. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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jet lag

noun
\ ˈjet-ˌlag How to pronounce jet lag (audio) \

Medical Definition of jet lag

: a condition that is characterized by various psychological and physiological effects (as fatigue and irritability), occurs following long flight through several time zones, and probably results from disruption of circadian rhythms in the human body

called also jet fatigue

Other Words from jet lag

jet-lagged adjective

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Nglish: Translation of jet lag for Spanish Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about jet lag

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