Your brain naturally produces the hormone melatonin, which regulates your sleep cycle. Flying through multiple time zones can interrupt this cycle, resulting in fatigue, stomach problems, irritability and trouble falling asleep. It may take your body two days to a week to recover, depending on your travel plans. Flying longer distances and traveling east may increase your recovery time to as many as two weeks. However, taking melatonin supplements may reduce your recovery time.
Things You'll Need
- Pen or pencil
- Travel itinerary
- Melatonin supplement
Make an appointment with your doctor before your trip.
Make a list of all the medications and supplements you're taking.
Take your list of medications, as well as your travel itinerary, to your doctor's appointment. Ask her to evaluate your plans, medication and health to determine whether you should use melatonin supplements to recover from jet lag.
Ask her to recommend a dosage if she advises you to take melatonin supplements. She also can advise you about the best time of day to take the supplements, and when to stop taking them.
Ask your doctor for alternative recovery suggestions if she advises against using melatonin supplements.