Jet…lag. It sucks big…time. According to the Encarta World English Dictionary jetlag is, “an internal physical disturbance experienced by travelers on flights across different time zones… disrupting sleeping patterns, eating schedules and body temperature.” Sounds like the aftermath of boozy Friday night, without any of the booze.
Supposedly, recovery takes one day for every hour that is different from your home base. So, flying to Hong Kong from Toronto, where there is a 12-hour time difference, will require an extra vacation to recover from your vacation. I may be a bit of a wimp, (my wife reminds me of this constantly), but jetlag hits me harder than most. It takes me a full eight-to-12 days to stop walking the halls at night and return to my jolly-ol’-self.
Apparently, there are things that minimize the effects of jetlag. An Irish buddy of mine likes to take a sleeping pill on the flight. He’s the guy sitting next to you, passed out, breathing through his dry, open mouth, directly into your face as you try to sleep. Unfortunately, the damage I’ve done to my liver thus far precludes dabbling with prescription drugs, so that’s out.
Once, my mom gave me some sort of herbal remedy that I took every hour of the flight. It did nothing but give me gas. Exercise supposedly helps, but what’s the point of being on vacation if you have to work out? And you’re also supposed to be sure to stay hydrated on the plane and/or get on the local schedule quickly when you get to your destination and then back to your normal one when you return home. Which is stupid because when I’m on the plane I want to drink, which dehydrates me, when I’m on vacation I like to drink, so I’m up late and when I’m home I need to drink just to cope my jetlag...
Any other legit ideas that don’t require my attendance in rehab? I’m all ears.