still confused about "No Jet Lag" pills

Old Aug 9th, 2005, 05:41 PM
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wow, thanks for all the responses! ok i guess the No Jet Lag pills aren't a sleeping aid, which was what i thought they were. i had previously used melatonin but for some reason, it hasn't been as effective as it used to be, so i was looking for something new...
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Old Aug 22nd, 2005, 03:44 AM
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The "no jet lag" pills I've seen are not homeopathic, they are herbal & contain a mixture of herbal relaxants such as chamomile.
Melatonin occurs in the body naturally and will actually reset your bio clock.Take it 24hrs before you next plan to sleep, preferably in the dark and with your head covered.You may find you snooze a little after taking it.
Ive heard 3rd hand reports of vivid dreams accociated with melatonin.I find it works very well for me.
NB melatonin is not for sale in the UK.
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I've used melatonin and sonata (on different occasions, not together!) to help me sleep on long flights and they work really well. Melatonin will make me dozy for about four hours, and sonata will knock me out for about four hours. So, if I'm feeling calm and non-hyper, I use the melatonin. If I'm feeling buzzy, I use sonata.

Sonata is just ambien, by the way, except that has a shorter duration. Ambien will make me sleep for 7-8 hours, while sonata only does so for 3-4.

For jet lag on a long flight traveling east, I do what many others have mentioned: I start living in my new time zone before I leave (that is, I will be getting up at 3am EST the day we leave, which is 9am italian time). I get 4 hours of sleep on the plane, and once I arrive, I get out and about, staying awake until 9pm at least. Then the pain is over, and I'm set for the rest of the trip.

The good coffee in italy is going to make that last bit SO much easier.
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Going West-East (e.g., to Europe on an overnight flight), the No-Jet-Lag/Melatonin combination works for me: No-Jet-Lag during the flight makes it easier for me to stay up during the first day until a normal bedtime, then I take a Melatonin and pass out for 9 hours, waking up ready to go. Smaller doses of Melatonin on subsequent nights can help the internal clock stay adjusted.

Happy trails.
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