I’m writing this story at 2 a.m. because I am The plane was badly delayed. As it is, I have a temporary sleep problem that can affect anyone who travels quickly across multiple time zones.
As a travel writer, this is part of the job, and there’s no getting around it. In fact, the The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states In general, there is no cure for it. But that certainly doesn’t stop us from trying.
How many articles have you written about it? Tips and tricks to combat this phenomenon?
Avoid caffeine at all costs. Drink an espresso upon arrival. Take a nap. Or just stay awake for 36 hours straight. Whatever happens, don’t eat salt. May God forbid you from drinking alcohol. Tap your feet three times and pray to the travel gods.
Enough already! Can we finally stop trying to beat science and settle for jet lag?
Before we get into it, let me admit that jet lag can be the pits. There’s nothing worse than getting off the plane on a long flight and going straight to the office for a marathon of meetings.
I get it. But what I don’t understand is why this phrase has such a bad reputation that travelers miss out on all the positive aspects of jet lag. It’s a little unfair if you ask me.
Hear me out: Jet lag can be especially fun while on vacation. on Trip to Vietnam More than a decade ago, the time change allowed me to stay up until sunrise, drinking beer along tarpaulin-covered city streets during a rainstorm. On another occasion, jet lag was the main reason my eyes sparkled at dawn to see the vendors at Tokyo’s famous Tsukiji outdoor market. I can thank jet lag for a handful of essential vacation memories.
The most practical aspect of jet lag could be productivity. Every summer, I spend a month in Europe, and upon my return New York CityI suffer from a circadian disorder that causes me to wake up at 4 in the morning. Nothing makes you feel like an adventurer more than walking six miles in the park, making breakfast, and answering a load of emails before the rest of the city gets out of bed. Or write this story! Naturally, this also leads to falling asleep at 8pm and serves as an excuse to not do anything useful after dinner. But let’s be honest, I don’t do that anyway.
Want to avoid a scary social event or even get away from the party early? Jet lag is a great excuse. Do you need to work from home? jet lag! Feel like spending the day in sweatpants? Of course, you have jet lag.
I love that jet lag doesn’t discriminate. Sure, a person lying on a flat bed may get more rest, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t disturbed their sleep schedule in the process. That long nap they had under a down comforter? Good luck trying to go to bed at a reasonable hour local time. All that free-flowing champagne? An afternoon nap with a side of sugar rush. What I’m saying is, you can’t put yourself outside science.
So, the next time you wake up before sunrise due to an annoying bout of jet lag, I urge you to pat yourself on the back, grab a strong cup of coffee, and let your disturbed circadian rhythm work its magic. It is better to wear sweatpants.