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Do Babies Get Jetlag
Yes: When ever you cross time zones your internal clock as well as the childs become affected. If you travel with a small infant it will not matter as much as infants sleep and eat on demand anyway. For older kids you might want to start changing their bedtime by about 15-20 minutes every couple of days to prepare them for the change. As soon as you get there, go to bed and eat meals at their time. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
Sunlight: Babies and parents suffer jet lag (an imbalance between your internal clock and local time) after rapid east- or west-bound travel such as a plane flight. If possible, before traveling try to move your baby's daily routine by a few hours towards the new time zone. Once you have arrived, get out into the day light to help your baby naturally adjust to the new time. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
East or West?: If traveling east wake up earlier, go to bed earlier than you normally would and expose yourself to light early to advance your body clock. Traveling west? Adapt by waking up later and go to bed later than usual; avoid any light during the flight to delay your body clock. Eat lightly. Heavy meals and alcohol can disrupt adjustment. Melatonin 30 minutes before sleep but check with doctor first! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sun & melatonin: Jet lag is the mismatch between your internal biologic clock and the external world.Your internal clock is set by sunlight, espeically morning and evening light as well as your body's natural sleep hormone-melatonin.Exposure to sunlight morning and evening and using melatoinin prior to sleep you can hasten your adaptaion.Jet lag causes decreased memory and analytic skills for the first few days. ...Read more
Light exposure: There are many, many approaches to jet lag, however the approach that i think has the best evidence basis involves using light and dark exposure to shift your body's internal clock to the new time zone. British airways has a decent one on their website. For added effect you might try taking melatonin in the evening. ...Read more
Some of my friends get very sensitive to light when they suffer from jet lag? Is that possible? What can we do?
Jet lag brain edema: Sleep deprivation prevents the brain from cleaning out toxic waste products. Mild brain edema may occur. The eyes may become photosensitive to a mild degree. Short naps may help but a full night's sleep is in order. Pycnogenol or ginko biloba may help relieve the symptoms of jet lag. N-Acetyl Cysteine may also relieve stress on the brain. Follow the directions on the bottles. ...Read more
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