Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Jet Lag Prevention

Prevention for jet lag includes:

  • Try melatonin supplements:
    • Start 2 days before travel and continue one day beyond arrival
    • Small doses are just as effective as higher doses
    • Take melatonin 30 minutes before you plan to sleep
  • Get plenty of rest before your trip.
  • Drink plenty of water before and during travel.
  • Try to sleep on the plane of it is nighttime at your destination.

Last Updated: May 22, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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