Do YOU have social jet lag? Why your body clock might be out of whack at this time of year - and how to fix it

Mail Online | 1/12/2018 | Sophie Haslett For Daily Mail Australia
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At this time of year, after the Christmas holidays and the festivities that come with the holiday, it's natural to feel a little lethargic and depleted in energy.

But it might not just be tiredness from all the partying you're experiencing. In fact, you might have social jet lag.

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'Social jet lag occurs when our internal biological clock gets out of rhythm with the external environment,' Australian sleep expert and member of the Sleep Health Foundation, Dr Carmel Harrington, told Daily Mail Australia.

Here, Dr Harrington reveals just why social jet lag is rife at this time of year - and how you can get your body clock back in sync.

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According to Dr Harrington, the reason why you're feeling so whacked at this time of year is because of regular bedtimes being thrown out of the window:

'Most of us don't realise that our body clocks are reset every morning when we wake up,' she explained.

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'At this time our clock sets the bodily rhythms for the day including a sleep time that is set for roughly 16 hours later.'

While on a weekday, when you rise at 6 or 7am, this might work well as you are ready to go to sleep around 10 or 11pm, if you're out late on a Friday night and then up late on a Saturday, then you might not...
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