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As Taylor Swift embarks on a mammoth journey through 17 time zones to make it to the Super Bowl… here’s exactly what will happen to her body

  • Taylor Swift will travel from Tokyo to Las Vegas in 24 hours for the Super Bowl
  • Experts warn that traveling through 17 time zones could cause health issues
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The Super Bowl is a time for loading up on snacks, stocking up on beer, and getting comfortable in front of the TV to support your favorite team.

For Taylor Swift, it means traveling across 17 different time zones within just 24 hours to make it to the game in time to root for her boyfriend.

Despite having a concert in Tokyo the night before the big game as part of her long-running Eras Tour, Taylor said she will be in Las Vegas in time for kickoff to support Travis Kelce, a tight end for possible Super Bowl champs the Kansas City Chiefs.  

‘No doubt, the biggest question heading into this game: if the Chiefs win, will Taylor Swift be at the Super Bowl?’ sports commentator Ian Rapoport said on NFL Game Day. 

‘Sources say yes.’ 

However, in order to make it to Las Vegas on February 11, that means rushing off her stage in Tokyo and taking a plane across the world that could leave the 34-year-old at risk of health complications like high blood pressure, blood clots, brain fog and bloating.

And the jet lag she’ll face could cause not only exhaustion but also diarrhea, nausea, irritability, and confusion. 

Despite having a concert in Tokyo the night before as part of her long-running Eras Tour, Taylor said she will be in Las Vegas in time for kickoff to support her boyfriend Travis Kelce , a tight end for possible Super Bowl champs the Kansas City Chiefs

Despite having a concert in Tokyo the night before as part of her long-running Eras Tour, Taylor said she will be in Las Vegas in time for kickoff to support her boyfriend Travis Kelce , a tight end for possible Super Bowl champs the Kansas City Chiefs

Taylor Swift plans to fly from Tokyo to Las Vegas to support boyfriend Travis Kelce in the Super Bowl

Taylor Swift plans to fly from Tokyo to Las Vegas to support boyfriend Travis Kelce in the Super Bowl

Swift will have to fly through 17 time zones and over 5,000 miles to make it to the game on time

Swift will have to fly through 17 time zones and over 5,000 miles to make it to the game on time

According to experts at the Cleveland Clinic, if you feel like being on a plane is zapping your energy, it’s not your imagination. 

Dr Matthew Goldman, a family physician at Cleveland Clinic, said in a hospital blog post: ‘The pressure, temperature, and oxygen levels in the cabin fluctuate, and the humidity level is lower than it is at sea level.’ 

This can lead to several different systems in your body getting disrupted. 

Despite being in a private jet as opposed to a crowded commercial airliner for the 13-hour flight from Tokyo to Las Vegas, Taylor is still subject to discomfort.

One side effect of flying, Dr Goldman noted, is dehydration. 

This is due to airplane cabins having very low levels of humidity because half of the air circulating is pulled in from the outside. At higher altitudes, air is nearly completely devoid of moisture.  

This could lead to a sore throat, dry nose, and itchy skin, as well as excessive thirst. 

Being on a flight for that long and crossing so many time zones also means there’s going to be varying levels of light peaking in through the airplane windows. 

This could disrupt Taylor’s circadian rhythm or her internal body clock. 

Natural light suppresses melatonin, a hormone that controls how asleep or awake people feel.  

It’s produced in the pineal gland in the brain, and its release into the body is controlled by light. 

Though Taylor will travel in the comforts of a private jet, she will still be subject to jet lag and a host of other issues

Though Taylor will travel in the comforts of a private jet, she will still be subject to jet lag and a host of other issues

Travis Kelce, a tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs, has won two Super Bowls so far

Travis Kelce, a tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs, has won two Super Bowls so far 

During the day, when the eye absorbs light, melatonin levels in the body are low, and, as a result, we feel awake.

But when darkness settles and the amount of light being absorbed by the eye reduces, more melatonin circulates around the body – signaling it’s time to go to bed and making us drowsy.

Melatonin also preps the body for sleep by slowing down heart rate and blood pressure. However, if it’s suppressed, those levels can fluctuate. 

The varying levels of light in Taylor’s private jet means her production of melatonin could be thrown out of whack and lead her to miss out on sleep. 

It could also lead to the elevated release of the stress hormone cortisol, which naturally rises in the day and drops in the evening.

Dr Russell Foster, a neuroscientist in the UK, previously told DailyMail.com: ‘Brain areas involved in learning, memory and emotions are impaired at night. 

‘At 4am, our brain capacity is akin to that of being legally drunk.’ 

This could mean slowed reaction time and slurred speech.  

In addition, even on a private jet, Taylor’s likely going to be sitting for long periods of time. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), traveling for more than four hours can lead to an increased risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

DVT is a blood clot in one or more of the deep veins in the body, usually the legs. 

About half the time, it causes no symptoms. In the other half of cases, DVT can cause swelling of the leg or arm, pain or tenderness, skin that is warm to the touch, and skin redness. 

Left untreated, DVT could lead to a pulmonary embolism, a potentially fatal complication that occurs when a blood clot breaks free and get stuck in a blood vessel in the lung. 

A 2022 study found that after traveling for four hours, there was a 26 percent higher risk of blood clots for every two hours of air travel.  

Changes in cabin pressure can also lead to gastrointestinal discomfort, Dr Goldman said. When the plane climbs in the air and pressure decreases, gas expands.

Not only can this lead to earaches and headaches from air putting pressure on those areas, but it can also cause excess gas. This means more farting and burping.  

Taylor is unlikely to get much sleep before embarking on her mammoth trip from Tokyo to Las Vegas. Experts warn this could lead to serious health issues

Taylor is unlikely to get much sleep before embarking on her mammoth trip from Tokyo to Las Vegas. Experts warn this could lead to serious health issues 

Sleep deprivation can lead to obesity, memory loss, diabetes, heart disease, heightened and unstable emotions, impaired ability to learn and a reduced immune response, leaving you vulnerable to disease

Sleep deprivation can lead to obesity, memory loss, diabetes, heart disease, heightened and unstable emotions, impaired ability to learn and a reduced immune response, leaving you vulnerable to disease

Then there’s the inevitable jet lag, which happens any time you cross at least two time zones. 

According to the Mayo Clinic, the risk of jet lag increases with every time zone you pass through. 

In addition to sleep issues, it’s been shown to lead to inability to focus, stomach issues like constipation and diarrhea, mood changes, and a general feeling of being unwell.  

Even with some sleep during the flight, if Taylor goes from the stage to the plane then directly to the Super Bowl stadium, she likely won’t be getting much rest. 

Experts have previously told DailyMail.com that a lack of sleep leads to chaos in the body and a ‘ripple effect’ – with one malfunction triggering another, followed by another.  

Eighteen hours without sleep is when blood pressure will begin to rise, making the heart work harder and putting extra strain on the organ. Experts also said it’s akin to being legally drunk.

Sleep plays a major role in the regulation of hormones, and when the body isn’t getting enough, it can’t carry out its normal functions properly.

It is also around 18 hours of being awake that the immune system will begin building up inflammatory proteins associated with heart and chronic disease, and our natural ‘fighter’ cells that combat bacteria and viruses become less effective.

If Taylor doesn’t sleep for about 24 hours, experts suggest she could have reduced reaction times, slurred speech and slowed thinking. 

Other symptoms of a sleepless night include irritability, increased stress, impaired concentration and food cravings.

Dr Carolyn Williams, a registered dietitian and author of Meals That Heal, previously told DailyMail.com that being sleep-deprived impacts your ability to choose healthy food.

She also said lack of sleep alters brain function, impacts the foods you crave, how the body regulates hormones and how the body processes foods — making you crave foods you normally wouldn’t.

If she stays up for 36 hours, Taylor may also experience microsleeps, brief periods of involuntary sleep lasting up to 30 seconds.

During microsleeps, you seem awake and your eyes are open, but your brain ‘turns off.’

Studies have shown brain activity slows down, preventing you from processing information. Without sleep, the brain attempts to cope without having had the time it needs to repair itself, leading to extreme stress and impaired performance.

At 36 hours awake, different parts of the brain struggle to communicate with each other.

It means memory, learning, decision making and reacting all become difficult.

So while Taylor will be rushing to see her new beau score touchdowns, her hectic travel schedule and lack of sleep could make her a bit less enthusiastic as she cheers. 

However, with some must-needed rest, she should be just fine by the end of it all. 

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