Why do we get tired when we travel long distances?

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Alvin Raj  asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Hi Chris and Naked Scientist gang,

When traveling long distances, either by car, train, or plane, people are usually not doing anything that would burn a lot of energy, and presumably not doing any strenuous mental gymnastics either.

So why do we get so tired after those trips?

Great podcast! 

thanks,

~ Alvin

What do you think?
« Last Edit: 09/07/2010 20:30:02 by _system »

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Why do we get tired when we travel long distances?
« Reply #1 on: 10/07/2010 01:12:18 »
Alvin Raj  asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Hi Chris and Naked Scientist gang,

When traveling long distances, either by car, train, or plane, people are usually not doing anything that would burn a lot of energy, and presumably not doing any strenuous mental gymnastics either.

So why do we get so tired after those trips?

Great podcast! 

thanks,

~ Alvin

What do you think?

Monotony and lack of exercise that the body may experience a higher sugar level that may contribute to that sleepy feeling. Stop the vehicle and get out and stretch and move around, burns some of that top level sugar and get the nblood circulating.
 For example a diabetic can sometimes tell their sugar level is to high because of one symptom of being sluggish and tired ready to doze off.