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Does Anyone Have Any Tips For Overcoming Jet Lag After A 5 Hour Time Difference
Stay awake: The best strategy is to attempt to convert over to the "new time" by attempting to go to bed at a regular time, based upon the new time zone. ...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
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
Can melatonin really help me get over jet lag faster? If so, how long before my transatlantic trip do I need to start taking it? Thanks so much.
Yes!: Melatonin levels in your body spike at bedtime, and the general advice is to try taking it when you want to fall asleep. Try 1-3 mg at bedtime the first night after you arrive in the new time zone to help induce sleep at what will seem an abnormal time to your body for sleeping. A rule of thumb is that it takes a day for each hour of change in time zone to fully acclimate to your new zone. ...Read more
Clocks out of synch: Jet lag is a mismatch between your internal clock and the external world. This happens when you travel east or west (less so with westbouond travel) often you will feel fatigued, have poor appetite and may have trouble sleeping. Sunlight and melatonin set your internal clock. To treat it get out into the sunlight, eat at regular times, and take melatonin if you have trouble falling asleep. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can jet lag cause a anxiety relapse, how long would it take for anxiety to dissipate after crossing 8 time zones?
Yes, it can: Jet leg can definitely cause a flareup of anxiety disorder. Chances are it will last longer if you traveled west than if you traveled east. People traveling that distance west typically report the flareup lasting 3 to 4 weeks whereas those people traveling east typically report flareup lasting only about a week. Best wishes. ...Read more