Prevention of jet lag
Here are some tips to help prevent jet lag:
- Maintain a sensible bedtime schedule prior to your trip. Don’t avoid sleeping in order to make yourself tired.
- Consider going to bed earlier for a couple of nights before leaving if you are traveling east. Go to bed later for a couple of nights if you are traveling west.
- For short trips, maintain a schedule of eating and sleeping at your usual time, if possible, while at your destination.
- Drink plenty of liquids, but avoid alcohol and caffeine.
- If you exercise regularly, continue to do so at your destination. Avoid exercising late in the evening because it can keep you awake.
- For important events or meetings at your destination, try to arrive in advance to have time to adjust to the time difference.
- Melatonin, a hormone sold in supplement form at health food stores, may help decrease jet lag. Try taking 1-3 milligrams of melatonin at bedtime for several days once you arrive at your destination.
by Brenda A. Kuper, M.D.
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