Jan 12, 2009

Jet lag adjustment

Having done some timezone jumping during the Christmas holiday, I thought I'd share my formula for speedy jet lag adjustment. Some people choose to take Ambien, Quaaludes, or their other favorite prescription sleep aid to get some rest during their multiple time zone trip. Using my pointers here, however, you should be able to get by with no heavy drugs.

So this is what I recommend:
  1. Follow the Argonne Anti-Jet-Lag-Diet (more info). Make an Excel spreadsheet for yourself so you can do the timing properly. The automatic formulas in Excel will make the math easier for you. Make sure you eat your airplane meals according to the diet schedule. Don't just eat because the stewardess brought your your airplane food.
  2. Only sleep on the plane when it's sleepy-time at your destination. If it's four in the afternoon at your destination while you're flying, you shouldn't be napping.
  3. At your destination, go out in the sunlight for a half hour or so during the early afternoon during the first two days to suppress melatonin.
  4. Maintain your normal exercise schedule at your destination.
  5. Optional: pop an over the counter melatonin tablet before you go to sleep the first couple nights at your destination so you don't wake up in the middle of the night.


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