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Is Ambien (zolpidem) safe to take for jet lag, what is the best time to take it?

Is Ambien (zolpidem) safe to take for jet lag, what is the best time to take it?

Melatonin: Ambien (zolpidem) has been studied and found to have some benefit for jet lag, however i generally recommend melatonin taken 30 minutes before the intended bedtime; it is better tolerated and a more natural way to adjust to a new time zone. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Forster
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Jet Lag (Definition)

Jet lag is an alteration in circadian rhythm and sleep patterns due to travel through different time zones. Some symptoms of jet lag include: extreme fatigue, irritability, stomach upset, and headaches. Jet lag takes a few days to recover from. Melatonin and sleep scheduling to avoid or be exposed to light at certain times during the day can ...Read more


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Is there a way to stop jet lag?

Is there a way to stop jet lag?

Various factors: It depends on your direction of flight, and how many time zones you will cross. If only 1-2 time zones, you will probably be okay, but if 3 or more going east, you will need equilibration. You can help yourself by drinking water, moving around on the plane, staying away from alcohol & caffeine, and adapt to new time zone by being in sunshine. Can use melatonin .3 to 3 mg when you want to sleep. ...Read more

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Can naps cure jet lag?

Can naps cure jet lag?

Appropriate timing : You can use short naps to help you adjust to your new time zone. Try and be active and outside in bright sunlight in the morning hours and stay active as much as possible in the daylight so you can sleep at night. Prolonged napping will prolong the jet lag. ...Read more

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How can I prevent jet-lag?

How can I prevent jet-lag?

Light and dark: The best strategy for jet lag involves carefully controlling exposure to light and dark in order to help your brain's internal clock make the fastest adjstment possible to the new time zone. Try searching for jet lag calculator on the internet. The best available site last time i looked was on the british airways website (but no tickets are necessary). ...Read more

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How can I prevent jet lag?

Depends: Traveling eastward is typically worse than westward. It also depends on the number of time zones you are crossing. If you are just crossing one or two time zones, you may just want to live with it. Crossing more than two, if you have a week to prepare, you can start living based on your new time zone, adjusting one hour each day until you are living in your new time zone BEFORE you leave. Best. ...Read more

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Is confusion a symptom of 'jet lag' ?

Can be: Jet lag results when your body clock is out of synch with your current time zone. Symptoms include fatigue, headache, sometimes nausea. Feeling a little "fuzzy" could be expected. ...Read more

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Is melatonin safe to take for jet lag?

AASM guidlines: When time at destination is expected to be brief, keeping home-based sleep hours, rather than adopting destination sleep hours, may reduce sleepiness and jet lag symptoms. In addition, the combination of morning exposure to bright light and shifting the sleep schedule one hour earlier each day for three days prior to eastward travel may lessen symptoms of jet lag. Use from 0.5 to 5mg - before bed. ...Read more

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How can I get over my jet lag quickly?

How can I get over my jet lag quickly?

Jet lag calculator: I suggest going to the british airways website and using their jet lag calculator to figure out the optimal time for light and dark to reestablish a healthy circadian rhythm. You might want to consider taking immediate release melatonin before you go to sleep in your new time zone. Despite what my wife believes homeopathic medications don't work. ...Read more

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Jet lag! but can't sleep. What do I do?

Jet lag! but can't sleep. What do I do?

Great recommendation: By dr. Kohl. Here is some more info. Sleep in a dark, quiet, cool room on comfortable mattress & pillows. Finish eating at least 2-3 hours prior to your regular bedtime. .No caffeine within 6 hours; alcohol & smoking within 2 hrs of bedtime. . Exercise regularly; finish a few hours before bedtime. Consider chamomile tea before bed. Warm milk. Lavender oil in bath or lavender scent on pillow. ...Read more

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Ambien (Definition)

Zolpidem is a sleep-inducer which is a kind of ...Read more