Health Watch - Vacation: Fighting Jet Lag

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about enjoying a summer vacation. If you’re traveling abroad, you don’t want to miss a moment in your destination, but jet lag can make the first few days of your trip less comfortable.

Dr. John Herman, a sleep disorders expert at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says there are three simple steps for beating jet lag. First, take 6 milligrams of melatonin when it’s 11:30 at night at your destination (but as always, check with your doctor first). As soon as possible after you arrive at your destination, try to get out in the sunlight. This is a good time for a walking tour because the exercise will help you sleep better at night. Then one hour before bedtime that day, take another 3 milligrams of melatonin. The combination of melatonin and sunlight will help reset your body clock. When you’re returning home, repeat these steps, using your hometown as the destination.

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July 2010


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