Melatonin For Jet Lag and With Alcohol – What you need to know
Have you been finding it difficult to sleep lately? Perhaps you recently took a flight into another time zone. If you did, you may have found this page by searching on Google for ‘Melatonin Jet Lag’ and you’ve come to the right place to learn about malatonin based products for dealing with jet lag.
Flying may have thrown off your sleep pattern without you even realizing it. This is almost certainly caused by what we call jet lag. This condition can cause confusion – I once woke up in a hotel not remembering which country I was in during a ’round the world’ trip! When this happens, you know you are ‘out of synch’!
The Impact of Time-Zone Hopping
In day to day life, your body becomes accustomed to doing certain things at a certain time of day – eating, sleeping and exercising, and when you are in another time zone suddenly, your body still runs on the old clock, sends you to sleep in the morning, and makes you wide awake and hungry at 3am.
When you visit or relocate to a different time zone, your body’s natural rhythm may still identify with the time zone you are most familiar with, the one it has lived in for weeks, months or years.
If day time and night time in the two time zones drastically differs meaning they have a significant gap, your body really doesn’t know ‘what time’ it is for quite a while and gets hungry, thirsty and sleepy at the wrong times.
That’s why after a long air trip, it’s not uncommon to wake in the middle of the night feeling awake and refreshed – far too soon. People who are always on the go, flying throughout different time zones may have frequently suffer severe cases of jet lag. Some people try to treat their symptoms by ingesting alcohol. Others rely on remedies such as melatonin based products like Melatrol to improve their sleep patterns.
Alcohol Effects On Sleep
Alcohol is often sought to relieve jet lag symptoms, but the problem is that alcohol can act as a depressant in some people which means it induces restless, unnatural sleep and often anxiety in them.
In contrast, it is a stimulant for others which means it gets their adrenaline flowing and this is not an ideal situation for someone who needs sleep. There is also the risk of becoming addicted to alcohol if you habitually drink in your busy schedule.
Deep Sleep problems with Alcohol
You may experience an apparently deeper sleep when you use alcohol, but i have always found that a deep, alcohol induced sleep leaves me feeling exhausted. This can make it harder for you to adjust to the time zone you are in by further disturbing and confusing your body’s mechanisms.
People who attempt to use alcohol to relieve jet lag need to be aware that alcohol can affect their body’s ability to naturally produce melatonin, which can get you into a vicious cycle of sleeplessness.
Melatonin Effects When Combined with Alcohol
First of all, it is important to note that the combined use of alcohol and melatonin is discouraged. The two used in combination can cause a slew of problems. Sure you want sleep, but you do not want to be so sleepy that you cannot function, and this has happened to people who have combined this hormone with their favorite tipple .
Some people have also reported that they felt as though they had a hangover after combining the two substances even in very moderate quantities.
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