Jet Lag

Jet lag is a common phenomenon experienced by travelers of every age and country of origin. Jet lag is a temporary condition and typically resolves on its own. Neurology & Sleep Medicine in Albuquerque, New Mexico can help you minimize jet lag and more quickly adjust to your new time zone.

Understanding Jet Lag

Jet lag is a type of circadian rhythm sleep disorder that occurs when someone travels across two or more time zones, particularly when traveling east. When you cross multiple time zones, your body is still acclimated to the natural day-night schedule of the time zone you left. As a result, you may feel sleepy when you are supposed to be awake and awake when you need to sleep.

Jet Lag Symptoms

In addition to daytime sleepiness and difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep (insomnia), people with jet lag may also experience:

  • Stomach upset
  • Mild illness
  • Menstrual symptoms in women

People with jet lag often feel disappointed because they do not have the energy to sightsee nor do the daily activities they planned for holiday or vacation travel.

Treatment for Jet Lag

Jet lag nearly always resolves on its own—on average in one day for each time zone crossed. However, there are some strategies that can help you quickly adjust to the new time zone, including:

  • Exposure to daylight and/or bright light therapy
  • Exercise
  • Reducing caffeine and alcohol consumption
  • Melatonin supplementation
  • Sleep aids

Any substance, including melatonin, taken to help you fall or stay asleep should only be taken short term. If sleep problems persist, you may need to see a sleep specialist.

Proactive Jet Lag Treatment in Albuquerque

Dr. Senthil Ramasamy, our board-certified sleep specialist, can help you prepare for and quickly resolve jet lag. If you are planning travel across multiple time zones, please contact us to schedule a consultation. Dr. Ramasamy can give you helpful tips and recommend dosages of melatonin or other sleep aids to help you safely get to sleep.

Do not let jet lag interfere with your vacation plans. Call Neurology & Sleep Medicine in Albuquerque, New Mexico for a pre-travel sleep consultation.

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