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Clinical Guidelines for Shift Work, Jet Lag, and Daylight Saving Time: Understanding Melatonin Supplementation

Presented by Catherine Darley, ND

With the post-pandemic uptick of travel, Daylight Saving Time, and further development of a 24/7/365 work culture, our circadian rhythms have become more disrupted. This is critically important not only for sleep, but for whole health. The circadian system is dependent upon the predictable nocturnal pulse of melatonin to promote drowsiness and drop our core body temperature. Beyond sleep, melatonin has multiple actions at the cellular level as a powerful anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and for mitochondrial function among other actions.

Learn how to treat Shift Work Disorder, Jet Lag, and Daylight Saving Time with evidence-based protocols using precisely timed melatonin at specific doses. Adjunct therapies include light exposure and sleep scheduling. With these protocols patients will sleep better, and minimize the associated symptoms. These strategies are important for every clinician, as circadian melatonin disruption is associated with chronic disease.