Adjusting sleep patterns when traveling?

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Question from Irma: Can you suggest ways to adjust sleep patterns when traveling and experiencing time changes of 5 or more hours?
Answers - Helena Schotland Jet lag is a well-known hassle. The best thing to do is to use social cues to acclimate to the new time, such as meals. Whenever it's time to go to bed in England, that's when you should be going to bed. You want to avoid naps if you can and just try to adapt to the time zone as quickly as possible. It doesn't help to think, "What time is it back in Philadelphia?"
Marisa Weiss, M.D. Why bother trying to adapt to a new schedule if you're going back right away?
Helena Schotland Some people don't. It really depends on the length of the trip.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Sleep Well: Healthy Habits for Good Rest featured Helena Schotland, M.D. and moderator Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about ways to improve your sleep.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in January 2007.

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