I feel silly complaining about jet lag because, well, a) there’s the obvious reason that I should just be thrilled to have such a terrific reason to be jet lagged in the first place, but also because b) I’m not really all that off schedule. Given the weird hours we kept in Spain – typically sleeping from 3 am to 10 am – combined with a super long day of flying then getting into bed around midnight Pacific Time, we have actually ended up on a schedule of sleeping from about 10:30 pm to 6:30 am. That’s pretty perfect for getting back into our normal work routines. And yet, I just feel off.
This week, Stanford University research scientists released their findings from a new study on preventing jet lag. They discovered that exposing people to intermittent light flashes while they slept could adjust their circadian rhythm. Other tips run the gamut from staying hydrated, eating well, and exercising to taking melatonin or other sleep aids to gradually resetting your clock on either end of the trip. Truthfully, I’m skeptical that there are any quick fixes. I’ve generally found that I just have to ride it out for a week or so before fully settling in to my current time zone.
How about you – do you have tips and tricks for successfully managing jet lag?