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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)

An alteration in circadian rhythm and sleep patterns due to travel ...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?

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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Can jet lag be as severe as narcolepsy?

Perhaps: For some people, perhaps the severity can be the same, at least for a short time. A difference between these could be that jet lag recovers, while narcolepsy persists. You may find some questions to your sleep medicine questions answered here: http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/narcolepsy/glossary ...Read more

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What is the best way to get over jet lag?

Sleep: Depending how long you will be in the new time zone.If short, a day or so, stay on your home clock.Longer, eat lightly, hydrate hard and sleep and reset to new time zone. ...Read more

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Can't sleep, jet-lag. Only went 1 hr away?

Can't sleep, jet-lag. Only went 1 hr away?

Melatonin: Melatonin is effective at restoring your circadian rhythm - recommend taking 3-6mg 1 hour prior to your desired bedtime. If you are going to bed at say 1am and would like to be sleeping by 10pm, then take melatonin and go to bed 30min earlier each day to slowly restore your body back to it's earlier bedtime. If that is ineffective, a warm epsom salt bath with lavender essential oil may also help. ...Read more

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Is my diurnal rhythm messed up by jet lag?

Yes: 'jet lag' represents a body clock out of sych with the physical time at your current location, so yes, your diurnal rhythym can be, as you say, messed up. Read about adjusting to jet lag to learn some helpful tricks. ...Read more

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Are there any good ways to get over jet lag?

Are there any good ways to get over jet lag?

Melatonin and Light: Melatonin is an over-the-counter supplement you can use to reset your biological clock. Taking it signals your brain that it is "night" so you can fall asleep more easily. Going out in sunlight will help reset your brain to "day" so you'll stay awake. ...Read more

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How will having jet lag affect me down the road?

You're tired: Jet lag is the body clock set to where you left from trying to reset to where you arrived.Some helpful ideas are to sleep on the flight, hydrate like crazy, get some exercise at your destination, do not try to catch-up > 6 hours in a day.I have many international pilots who have been flying across multiple time zones for decades with no adverse effects long term. ...Read more

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My friend has jet lag. How do I avoid getting it?

My friend has jet lag. How do I avoid getting it?

Jet lag: Plan on turning your watch to the destination time and behaving like you are at that time as soon as you get on the plane. Avoid alcohol. Once you get at the destination, sleep and stay awake at the times everyone else does at the destination. Use caffeine as needed to stay awake. If it is a big time difference, consider sleeping pills and stimulant medicines. ...Read more

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Jet lag! can't sleep. Can I get OTC med in delhi?

Jet lag! can't sleep. Can I get OTC med in delhi?

Melatonin: Melatonin is effective at restoring your circadian rhythm - recommend taking 3-6mg 1 hour prior to your desired bedtime. If you are going to bed at say 1am and would like to be sleeping by 10pm, then take melatonin and go to bed 30min earlier each day to slowly restore your body back to it's earlier bedtime. If that is ineffective, a warm epsom salt bath with lavender essential oil may also help. ...Read more

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Jet lag! can't sleep!? E to w in 22hr flight. When will it end?

Jet lag! can't sleep!? E to w in 22hr flight. When will it end?

End to jet lag: In general it takes 1-2 days for every 1 hours time travel. So with a long flight like that, it may take a little time. Things that can help. Avoid caffeine and alcohol. Also make sure in the time zone you are in to entrain your body to that zone right away. Bright natural light first thing in am. In evening when it gets dark, trial of melatonin 3-10 mg adults 18-65. Good luck. ...Read more

Ambien (Definition)

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