Managing Jetlag

Tips for handling the post-travel slump.

The Caraway Care Team

November 16, 2023

Jetlag is almost unavoidable when traveling globally. However, there are some things you can look out for and try to help you manage it. Here's what we recommend:

Limit alcohol. Alcohol reduces the overall quality of your sleep. Limiting alcohol during and after your flight is best for sleep.

Don’t overdo caffeine. While it can boost alertness, too much can make you jittery and may linger in your system, making it difficult to fall asleep. Make sure to use it in moderation.

Stay hydrated. Be sure to stay hydrated before, during, and after the flight.

Eat healthily. Stomach problems can result from jetlag and travel, so choose light meals of mostly fruits and vegetables to prevent stomach upsets.

Can Sleep Aids Help With Jetlag?

Melatonin can help with jetlag because it realigns your circadian rhythm. In the US, melatonin is sold as an over-the-counter dietary supplement available without a prescription. This might be different in the country you're currently in, but you should be able to pick it up once you return home.

Most people can take melatonin without any side effects, but in some people, it can cause grogginess or stomach problems and may have interactions with other medications. As with any drug or supplement, you can chat with Caraway before taking melatonin.

Avoid prescription-strength sleeping pills in general as most sleeping pills have a strong effect that can make you feel out-of-sorts and groggy. The risk of falls or accidents is often higher after taking sleep medications.

Before taking any sleep aid, it’s best to chat with Caraway. We can review the potential benefits and side effects and offer advice on how to safely take them, based on your specific travel plans and medical history. As a reminder, Caraway doesn't prescribe any controlled medications.

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