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Are There Any Factors That Will Make Jet Lag Worse
Sometimes I feel lightheaded when I am lack of sleep (due to important reasons). Will this be worse when I suffer from jet lag?
Can't predict: predicticting the future is hazardous. Jet lag is an inconvenience and my experience with sleeping pills and melatonin has inconclusive results inspite of studies confirming their helpfullness. However, if you have lightheadedness with lack of sleep, do not be surprised if you get it with jet lag. It takes about 1 day to adjust to each time zone change. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can a change in meds for anxiety and depression make you feel completely out of wack as if you have the worst jet lag in history ?
Yes: If you feel that way, you should call the office of your prescriber. It sounds like mayber they increased the medication too much. However, it could also be the change in meds may have known side-effects that will pass with time - still your doctor needs to make that call! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
West is best: Traveling from west to east is harder because our circadian rhythm won't let us fall asleep earlier than we're conditioned to do. Going from east to west is easier, because we can stay up later while it's light out better than falling asleep earlier when it's dark. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Jet lag: Drinking a lot of water can help as dehydration actually makes it more difficult for the body temperature adjust to the new time zone. avoidance of caffeine and alcohol on the trip will help prevent dehydration. caffeine can be used to promote daytime alertness when dealing with the decreased alertness after arrival. exposure to the local sun light will tend to resynchronize the circadian rhythm. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Circadian rhythm: We have an internal clock that is aligned with the 24 hr light cycle where we live. When we travel, especially west to east we are not aligned with the light in that time zone and our internal clock won't let us fall asleep sooner. Going west we can generally stay up later, but will have a tendency to wake up at our normal time which will be very early for the time zone we're in. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Jet lag remedy: Jet lag is a disruption of circadian rhythm caused by traveling to different time zones. Basically adaption to the the local cycles of light and nutrition are the most effective means to adjust. If possible, a day or so before traveling, begin to change sleeping and eating times to those of the destination. Fasting for about 16 hours during travel and exposure to light also attenuates effects. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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