Modafinil and Armodafinil can help travellers with jet lag
One of modafinil and armodafinil’s approved treatments is for shift-work sleep disorder. This condition occurs when your circadian rhythms, your body’s internal clock, becomes maladjusted to your working hours due to changing your work schedule. For example, if you go from working afternoons to mornings, you may have trouble adjusting because your body isn’t able to anticipate the change.
So what does this have to do with jet lag and travel? Curiously, everything. Jet lag is effectively the same exact problem as shift-work sleep disorder, only caused by a different situation: Travel.
What causes Jet Lag?
Very simply, jet lag occurs when you travel from one time zone to another. The effect it has on a person is generally proportional to the number of zones crossed. A 3-hour change will usually have some effect.
You wake up at 6 to catch a flight at 9. You fly west for 5 hours and the time changes by 3 hours. You arrive at 11 AM local time, despite your body thinking that it’s 2 PM. You normally go to bed at 10, and feel tired already at 9 because travel takes the energy out of you. Except locally it’s only 6, and if you go to bed now you’ll end up waking up super early the next day, and the cycle will continue. That, in a nutshell, is jet lag.
How modafinil can prevent jet lag.
There are two ways to use modafinil or armodafinil to solve your jet lag problems. The key is to use modafinil to stay awake for the first couple of days in your new destination, this way you can power through the inevitable tiredness.
If you are travelling westward, you’re going to gain hours in your day. Take modafinil during the day, before your flight, and try to take it later than you normally would. This way the 12-hour effect will extend into the evening and you can sleep at a normal local hour.
If you are going towards the east, you’re going to lose hours that day. This means you will likely end up staying up late that night, as your body thinks it’s earlier than it really is. The resulting lack of sleep means that you should take modafinil in the morning when you wake up for your daily routine. This way, even though you’ve slept very little, modafinil can carry you through the day.
The key to recovering from jet lag is to resume your regular sleeping hours as soon as possible. You can actually cure it in a single day if you do it right. Naturally this is very difficult, so use modafinil to give yourself an edge.
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