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What is the best way to reset your clock if goin 10 hours away? Stay up all night before you travel?

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Dr. Dennis Clifford
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
4 doctors agree

In brief: East or west?

It depends which direction you're headed.
Going west you just try to get on the local schedule as quickly as you can. Going east is much more challenging because it's hard to fall asleep before your natural bedtime and hard to awaken early. Get bright light in the morning, dim light in the evening. A drug called rozerem (ramelteon) can help you reset your rhythm quicker. Prescription only.

In brief: East or west?

It depends which direction you're headed.
Going west you just try to get on the local schedule as quickly as you can. Going east is much more challenging because it's hard to fall asleep before your natural bedtime and hard to awaken early. Get bright light in the morning, dim light in the evening. A drug called rozerem (ramelteon) can help you reset your rhythm quicker. Prescription only.
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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Dr. Christian Mayaud
Although many physicians badmouth it, experienced travellers find Melatonin can be very effective in resetting your sleep cycle. Be sure to take at least 6mg by mouth 1 hour before the time you wnat to go to sleep.
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Start new time ahead

Jet lag is a mismatch between your internal clock and the external world if possible begin to shift to the new time zone (or at least a few hours closer to new zone) prior to leaving.
Once you depart immediately begin eating and sleeping according to new time zone. Once you arrive get out. Into the morning and afternoon sunlight and take melatonin at bedtime, these help to reset your clock.

In brief: Start new time ahead

Jet lag is a mismatch between your internal clock and the external world if possible begin to shift to the new time zone (or at least a few hours closer to new zone) prior to leaving.
Once you depart immediately begin eating and sleeping according to new time zone. Once you arrive get out. Into the morning and afternoon sunlight and take melatonin at bedtime, these help to reset your clock.
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