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Jet Lag

Jet Lag

Jet Lag

Long haul flights can affcet your body clock and leave you feeling drained. Get relief from the symptoms of jet lag with melatonin tablets.

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Over millions of years the human body has evolved to respond to daily patterns of darkness and light. These so-called circadian rhythms help you to fall asleep gently at night and to stay alert during the day. But they’re also not perfect.

Cross over into a new time zone while flying and your body will struggle to re-calibrate to the new zone. This results in a problem known as “jet lag” whereby your body it out of kilter with the hours of day and night. This can result in feelings of extreme tiredness or, in contrast, an inability to sleep at “night”.

Jet Lag Treatment

Given time, jet lag will resolve itself. People generally find themselves slowly moving ever closer to their newly adopted circadian rhythm until after a few weeks they feel as well adjusted as they did back home.

The problem of allowing your body to adjust naturally is that the adjustment period can negatively impact an overseas holiday or business trip. As a result many international travellers opt to use pharmaceuticals in an attempt to adjust their circadian rhythm more swiftly.

Tablets for Treating Jet Lag

There are two main pharmaceutical-related solutions for jet lag. On the one hand some travellers like to use sleeping pills in order to regulate their sleep more easily and quickly attune to their new daily time zone.

However in most cases sleeping pills are not recommended. They can become addictive over time and, if used incorrectly, can prove dangerous. As a result, most doctors advise against their use unless absolutely necessary.

The alternative, being used by an increasing number of people, are melatonin supplements. Melatonin is a natural hormone produced by the body as the sun goes down. In turn, melatonin encourages your body to gently switch off and sleep.

As a result, melatonin supplements can be seen as a more natural way to readjust to a new time zone. Taking melatonin tablets shortly before you’d like to drift off to sleep can enable one to experience a more holistic feeling of tiredness at a time that is most appropriate.

At the present, melatonin is currently only available with a prescription. Fortunately we have qualified medical practitioners standing by for a free consultation. Our doctors are normally able to prescribe melatonin supplements after an online consultation and we can even ship supplements straight to your door.


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Melatonin is a hormone produced naturally by the body primarily during hours of darkness, and is thought to regulate sleep patterns and other body processes that depend on the time of day. For this reason, it has sometimes been used to promote sleep and reduce the unpleasant effects of jet lag, following long-haul flights.

This product is manufactured to pharmaceutical standards. This product is not a food supplement. A free private prescription will be issued for this product following an online consultation with our Doctor


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How to Minimize the Effects of Jet Lag

Jet lag can affect even the most experienced fliers but there are some simple steps that will let your body adjust to its new time zone as quickly as possible.

Plan Ahead

Possibly the most effective technique of all for dealing with jet lag is setting a clock to the new time zone some days before you actually take your flight. Over time you can slowly change your daily patterns so that your body will experience less of a shock on entry into the new time zone.

While it isn’t always possible to completely sync your waking and sleeping to those that you will experience while abroad, the closer you can get the less that jet lag will likely affect you on arrival at your destination.

Artificial Lighting

Artificial lighting can either be your best friend or your worst energy as it can trick the body into staying awake unnaturally. By maximizing the amount of light entering the eye, artificial light can keep you awake and alert far longer than you would normally be.

That means that if you’re looking to stay up later so that you can get up later in the future, exposing yourself to bright artificial light in the evening can be an excellent way to do this. On the other hand, if you’re looking to fall asleep as soon as possible, switch off any bright artificial lights to ensure a more subdued environment will normally lull you to sleep far easier.

If attempting to fly on a plane, also consider closing the blinds and using an eye mask and ear plugs to create an “artificial night” and help to trick your body into sleeping when it would normally be wide awake.

Avoid Stimulants

It can be tempting to either use stimulants like coffee to stay awake later than you normally would or use alcohol to help you fall asleep earlier, assuming this will more quickly let you get your sleep pattern into action.

However in many such cases, this “self-medication” can have other unfortunate side effects such as reducing the depth of your sleep and so not really benefitting you. Consequently most medical authorities recommend against the use of alcohol or caffeine for moderating energy levels in jet lag situations because they can actually have the opposite effect.