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I Was Just Wondering If Using Coffee After Landing Will Correct My Jetlag
No: 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. Stimulants like coffee do not increase the adaptation, just treat the daytime sleepiness. Sedatives such as alcohol can worsen symptoms. Sunlight exposure & melatonin before bed help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My aunt who is 74 is having diarrhea for the past 2 days. Could I give her ridol?
She just came to the UK from india and I thought it was jetlag.
I wouldn't: Ridol, (loperimide) is an anti-cholinergic drug that is used for diarrhea but it can have some serious side effects especially in the elderly. First I think she needs to see a doctor to rule out any serious causes for the diarrhea. In the meantime make sure she is drinking enough fluids. If she is unable to take or keep down fluids, develops a fever or abdominal pain, see a doctor immediately. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Travelled from ca to spain 8 days ago & still jetlag!i tried keep awake;sleeping drugs;sunbathing at noon..Nothing worked.I feel miserable, please help?
Sleep Cycle Disorder: I would suggest a possible sleep study to determine if a circadian sleep cycle disorder does not exist. Also a broader evaluation checking for an anxiety and depressive problem. Depending upon the results, light therapy may help with or without melatonin. In more severe conditions Modafinil may be needed either with or without c-pap. C-pap if for breathing disorders. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Uncomfortable: Jet lag is the mismatch between your internal biologic clock and the external world. You will feel sleepy and have poor appetite for a day or so. Additionally your memory and analytical skills will be reduced until you have adapted. Exposure to sunlight, both morning and evening and using your body's natual sleep hormone-melatoinin prior to sleep you can hasten your adaptaion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Don't travel: If you really are bothered by jetlag then youo might need to plan your trip to take little changes in time zones which of course adds days. There is a great book that has been around for years called how to avoid jetlag. Not always a cure but sometimes you justt gotta force yourself to fit that time zone. ...Read more
Circadian rhythm : It's alteration in circadian rhythm due to fast travel through different significant time zones, which lead to days regulation in the biological clock and the related sleep cycle. Usually takes few days for adjustments, unless certain measures are followed to lessen these effects. Have a safe trip. ...Read more
See details: There is not much to offer with a schedule that severe. Get as much sleep as possible. You probably cannot reduce your hours because of financial necessities but that would be the best for your health. I know how you feel. I put myself through medical school working two part time jobs and getting 3 hours of sleep a night for four years. It is an impossible situation. ...Read more
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
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