Friday, July 13, 2007

Flying and Fertility?

I'm kind of wondering about this because I've had to make 3 cross-country trips and my period had come a week early for the last two cycles...eeek. From the BBC:

Frequent air travellers, such as cabin crew who repeatedly take long-haul flights, risk ill health, a study says.

As well as the obvious jet lag encountered with crossing multiple time zones, an out-of-kilter body clock can trigger psychotic and mood disorders.

The researchers say disrupted sleep and hormone patterns are largely to blame, The Lancet reported.

The Liverpool John Moores University team reviewed over 500 published articles on aviation and health.

They found reports of cabin crew experiencing decreased cognitive performance and mental health problems, including brief episodes of psychosis - loss of contact with reality.

And air hostesses complain of menstrual cycle problems linked with the irregularity of their work.

Read more here.

4 comments:

vishal said...

"kind of wondering" ???

But its so obvious! now why would one need 'irrefutable' scientific proof of such a thing?

When countless studies about alcohol or cigarette or coffee or tea dont change anything, how will this make any impact either? :-)

Sally said...

I don't think crossing time zones would be that serious. If we keep on thinking about it, maybe it's our mind that creates the problem. I believe that if we just ignore it like it didn't happened, everything will be fine

Rhonda said...

I agree with sally's point about crossing multiple time zones. I think our bodies will not respond to such changes unless we think about it.

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