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Light May Treat Anesthetic Jet Lag

by Reshma Anand on May 3, 2016 at 12:27 PM
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Light May Treat Anesthetic Jet Lag

All patients suffer sleep disturbances following surgery under general anesthesia. This is also termed as post-operative jet lag. Patients can experience the jet lag for about a period of 2-3 days, which can set back their recovery.

Therefore, University of Auckland researchers used the bees to determine why patients lose track of time post-operation. Bees were anesthetized for six hours. They woke them up at 3 pm, in spite of having a jet lag, these bees did a waggle dance when they were exposed to the sun as if the time was 9 in the morning.


Associate Professor Guy Warman stated that sun light exposure was the key to reducing chemically-induced jet lag. He explained that the bees had an inbuilt sun compass that they used to navigate and move their bodies with the time they thought it was.

Researchers have tried the same technique on kidney donor patients, because the operation will take place in the early morning hours. Exposing them to blue light post-surgery helped them resume to the usual sleep patterns without any jet lag.

Prof Warman will present his findings at the annual meeting of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists in Auckland.

Source: Medindia


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