Chocolate is the best way to cope with stress from changing time zones

By Jurassic JennJun 17, 2024 21:03 PMTourism
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Chocolate is the best way to cope with stress
Chocolate is the best way to cope with stress. Source: www.independent.co.uk

Scientists from the University of Sydney, in collaboration with the Australian airline Qantas Airways Limited, conducted a series of studies to address passengers' sleep issues during long-distance flights. The experiments included a menu featuring several popular dairy-based desserts, including chocolate. The experts concluded that consuming a certain amount of chocolate during the flight could prevent insomnia, eliminating the need for sleeping pills.

A press release from the SSPDaily detailed the results of the research conducted by the Perkins Center and Qantas airline, focusing on reducing the negative effects of crossing time zones. According to the release, scientists identified key factors in mitigating the stress of long-haul flights:

  • Different lighting modes
  • Meal times
  • Consumption of "special" foods

In the case of the latter, the emphasis was on chili peppers and chocolate, which were found to significantly improve the well-being of travelers.

Professor of Sleep Medicine Peter Cistuli stated in the press release: "The initial results are encouraging and show that we can make a real difference to the health and well-being of travelers on long-haul flights."

He also highlighted the interdisciplinary collaboration involved in the project, with more than 10 researchers from various fields working together. Cistuli added, "Qantas is the first airline in the world to research insomnia and poor passenger health."

In addition to chocolate, the experiments involved other sleep-promoting foods. As a result, a special menu was created, including soups, chicken, and fish combined with fast-acting carbohydrates. According to experts, such foods promote the production of tryptophan, an amino acid effective in inducing sleep for travelers.

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