Got Jet-Lag?

Summer is almost here and some of you will have travel plans. You can’t get rid of jet-lag altogether.  It typically takes one day per time zone travelled for your internal clock to adjust.  But these tips may help ease the transition.

 

During the flight, drink lots of water and avoid alcohol and caffeine.  Try to eat in-flight meals in line with your destination time.

Upon arrival, take a 30 minute nap if you feel tired.  Eat meals in line with local time.

–For EASTWARD travel:

Each night for three nights before your flight, go to bed an hour earlier than normal.

At your destination, try to get early morning light.  Take melatonin (0.5 to 5mg) 30 minutes before local bedtime until you have adjusted.

–For WESTWARD travel:

Each night for three nights before your flight, go to bed an hour later than normal.

At your destination, try to get late afternoon light.  Take melatonin (0.5 to 5mg) 30 minutes before local bedtime until you have adjusted

 

Written by: Michael V Vitiello professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at University of Washington for the Center for Science in the Public Interest

 

Looking to end jet-lag,

Dr. Phil Kotzan, DC