- Academics found that although flying is glamorised, there are drawbacks
- The Darker Side of Hypermobility study found jet leg caused many issues
- Constant exposure could lead to cognitive decline and mood disorders
- Frequent flying can cause loneliness, isolation and the feeling of guilt
We live in an era where it has never been easier for people to have a life full of glamorous travelling.
However experts have warned about the ‘darker’ side of frequent flying, that rarely gets associated with a luxurious jet-setting lifestyle.
Regular journeying, for business, holidays or diplomatic ventures, can put travellers at risk from serious physiological, psychological and emotional damage.
The study, entitled The Darker Side of Hypermobility, found that the most obvious consequence was jet lag.
Medically referred to as ‘desynchronosis’ and classified as a circadian rhythm sleep disorder, jet lag is part and parcel of long haul flights.
Short-term problems from jet lag include fatigue, loss of concentration, irritability and loss of appetite.
More worryingly, a study published in The Lancet in 2007 found that consistent disruption of body rhythms could lead to cognitive decline, psychotic and mood disorders and possibly heart disease and cancer.
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