jet lag

  • Focus On: Melatonin

    What it is: Melatonin is a hormone made in a small gland in the brain called the pineal gland that helps regulate your sleep and wake cycles. The body naturally makes a small amount of melatonin, but levels seem to drop slowly with age. Levels begin to increase in mid-to-late evening and drop in the early hours of the morning.

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  • Get Ahead of Jet Lag

    If the jet lag that comes from traveling far and wide spoils your jaunts, we’ve got just the remedy for you: a mixture of bioflavonoids extracted from French maritime pine tree bark (sold as Pycnogenol). New research has found that imperceptible brain swellings may do more than upset circadian rhythms to bring on symptoms of jet lag, like fatigue and headaches.

    By Nicole Duncan
  • Beat Jet Lag

    Even the savviest travelers can’t escape feeling the effects of time-zone hopping. But new research from Harvard University suggests fasting before flying to a far-off land may help you avoid jet lag altogether. How? Your body knows when to eat, sleep, and wake up in response to your circadian rhythm, an internal body clock that gets its cues from daylight.

    By Nicole Duncan