Jobs are the worst
If you’ve got a jet-set job where you fly between different time zones, it might actually be making you ill.
Whilst you may have assumed that the germs, air conditioning, a whole new slew of local illnesses were the culprits,
Our body clocks have some important responsibilities. As well as setting internal cycles which make us tired around our usual bedtime and help us wake up around the same time every day – even at the weekend when we’re dying for a lie-in – they also help to regulate our hormones, body temperature and eating and digesting food.
Upset your body clock, and viruses like the flu and common cold will have a greater opportunity to rush in, overtake your cells and spread throughout your body, the study’s co-author Akhilesh Reddy, told Mashable.
Professor Reddy went on to explain that ‘When you disrupt the clockwork, then your clock is in no-man’s land.’ Reddy, a clinical studies fellow at the University of Cambridge and a professor of experimental neurology, went on to explain that in that state ‘you’re more likely to get an infection.’
So there you have it. If you’re travelling a lot for work, you can coat yourself in all the hand sanitizer in Boots, but it’s not just bacteria that can make you ill, so make sure you get plenty of R&R when you get home too.