Your Health: Oct. 23, 2000


PERCHANCE TO DREAM For every traveler who ever doubted that melatonin could help jet lag, here's new research confirming that the supplement is one potent pill. High doses were given to blind people who had no ability to perceive light and dark and as a result suffered profound sleep disorders. After just two months, all the patients were sleeping more restfully and returned to normal body rhythms. For melatonin to work for sighted frequent flyers, it must be taken at specific times during the day, depending on which direction they're traveling and how many time zones they cross.


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