Jet Lag

Overview

Jet lag occurs when the body needs time to catch up after getting settled in a different time zone.

Someone experiencing jet lag may find that they cannot sleep at night and conversely find themselves tired during the day.

Jet Lag

Treatment Options

Symptoms

Someone experiencing jet lag may find that they cannot sleep at night and conversely find themselves tired during the day.

Treatments

Melatonin, which is the body’s natural hormone, is responsible for regulating sleep and wakefulness, can be used to reduce the effects of jet lag.

Melatonin tablets can be taken in the evening to increase the level of melatonin in the body, to help combat jet lag.

Prevention

Of course, there are ways to help prevent the effects of jet lag. These include trying to set your sleep pattern closer to what it would be in the time zone of the country you will be travelling to, staying hydrated, avoiding large amounts of alcohol and controlling the amount of sleep you have on the plane according to the time of day it will be when you land at your destination (more sleep if you are going to be landing during the day and less sleep if you are going to be landing at night).