A recent study from a University in Germany has coined a new term — “social jetlag.” The research explains that social jetlag is when people ignore their own 24-hour body clock in order to keep up with social or work commitments. According to this study, more than 80 percent of people in Western countries are being affected by social jetlag because of working long hours indoors, getting up early for work, and staying out late with friends.
Another easy way to become socially jetlagged is to have a schedule in which your sleep hours majorly differ from during the week to on the weekends. Researchers note that although this is become more and more of a problem it is highly unlikely that one can change their work hours in order to keep their natural circadian rhythm. Researchers suggest making sure you spend at least a little bit of time in the daylight everyday, and try to stick to your regular sleep schedule as much as possible, even on the weekends.