Melatonin For Jet Lag

These suggestions will help prevent the symptoms of jet lag by the use of Melatonin. This medication has not been rigorously studied in humans and therefore some caution in its use is advised. It has been approved by the Federal Drug Administration for over-the-counter use.

If traveling to the east...

Take 3mg Melatonin for two nights before departure at the time you would normally go to bed in the new time zone. e.g., when traveling from New York to Europe with a 6 hour phase advance: If your usual bedtime is 12 midnight, take the melatonin at 6pm for two nights then at 12 midnight (in Europe) for two nights after arrival.

If traveling to the west...

Take 3mg Melatonin at your usual bedtime for two nights prior to departure, then at your usual bedtime for two nights after arrival in the new time zone. e.g., when traveling from New York to San Francisco with a 3-hour phase delay: If your usual bedtime is 12 midnight, take the melatonin at 12 midnight for two nights prior to departure, then at 12 midnight (in San Francisco) for two nights after arrival.

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