Melatonin – Does It Really Work?

Yesterday, I had to take the red-eye from LAX to PHL (Los Angeles to Philadelphia). My flight departed at 10 pm and arrived at 6 am. I planned on sleeping through the entire flight. Actual flight time: 5 hours. That meant I had 5 good hours to sleep… but usually that’s not enough for me. So I decided to take some melatonin to assist in my circadian rhythm.

I don’t know where my circadian rhythm is adjusted to. Just 4 days ago, I arrived in LA after spending the past two weeks in Asia. Going from Seoul Time (KST), to LA time (PST), and now to Philly time (EST)… my body isn’t really accepting the constant change.

Taking melatonin prior to sleep is supposed to help adjusting your body by feeding it the necessary enzymes that you build when you sleep. So I gave it a try. I don’t know if it was a placebo effect, but my skin began to tingle during my sleep. Throughout the flight, there were times of turbulence so I can feel the tremors of the plane. I slept very little throughout the flight.

Still, I was able to be alert and awake when I arrived in Philadelphia. I would attribute the result to melatonin, but it really was not. I was alert because I had my full concentration on m work and the business presentation that I had to deliver in just a few hours.  I don’t think melatonin helps me. Some people adamantly state that melatonin helps them adjust to jet lag without a single issue. I think its because of the focus to the tasks they need to complete.

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