The world's longest flights and jet lag
The world's longest flight takes some 24 hours, crossing twelve timezones. That's enough to cause a jet lag that could take almost two weeks to settle.But it doesn't have too be like that. Even for Economy Class passengers. That's because jet lag is largely a mindset issue. It's preventable. And science proves our method.
Well if long distance flights were that easy and
enjoyable, you would not feel
groggy on arrival. Your head would not
spin, your eyes would not burn, you would not be grumpy.
During the all important
meeting you would
not feel drowsy and in the middle of the night you
would not wake up.
You would not suffer from jet lag for a week or longer. You would not feel tired during the day. Your judgment and decision making would not be affected. You would not feel disoriented.
Let's face it; long flights are not very kind on the human system. Delays, long lines, bad weather, unfriendly staff, agressive co-travelers, overbooked flights. The list goes on. Only Zen masters know hot to mentally survive a long flight.
Even so, flying without jet lag is feasible. We'll show you how to be a flying Zen master.
It is very easy and, better still: you don't need gadgets, vitamins or drugs or sign up for a meditation or self-hypnosis therapy.
Traveling the world without jet lag will bring back the fun of subsonic air travel next time you have to fly. Even if you have another intercontinental trip scheduled tomorrow.
sleep disorders (even after taking melatonin, a special diet or light therapy)
impaired judgment (don't make strategic decisions in the first few days after arrival)
shrinking of the brain (wow, cool, but also makes you wonder
about the pilots' brains)
A senior manager of
leading company told me that he always postpones making important
until five days after coming home from a trip. Just to be sure that
jet lag have worn off.
Henry Kissinger once admitted he would have made some important cold war decisions differently if he had not been 'under the influence' of jet lag at the time.
The cause of jet lag is inside our brain. Deep down there is a tiny organ called the pineal gland. It produces melatonin, a hormone that plays an important role in regulating our wake-sleep rhythm.
When daylight fades, the natural production of melatonin increases (give or take a few hours) and we begin to feel sleepy. Since there are early sleepers and night owls it suggests that the production of melatonin is not exclusively linked to the end of the day, but that the pineal gland has its own 'clock' and that it does not respond immediately to sudden and significant changes in the day-night cycle (the circadian rhythm).
There is scientific evidence that for every hour of time difference, the body needs one day to recover. The math is easy: if your trip takes you across 10 time zones, you'll need 10 days to become your usual yourself again.
But after your next long flight you could arrive crisp and fresh, ready to roar and a master of jet lag prevention? And'll see, the more you travel, the better you will be able to deal with jet lag.
Airline crew are shaking their heads now. No way, they say: the more you fly, the worse the effects will get. Accumulated jet lag, they call it.
We'll see: all you need is a way to 'reset' your body clock and the melatonin production.
Some passengers opt for melatonin pills or other allopathic or homeopathic drugs (don't buy them over the counter, but talk with your physician first), a special diet, acupuncture, self-hypnosis, meditation or light therapy. Some passengers even wear anti-jetlag stockings, but none of these approaches seem to work for everyone.
The 'natural way' is just a very simple three proceduresteps: pre-departure, in-flight and after arrival. Instead of gadgets or pills, you only need your brain to prevent jet lag. That is what I explain in my book No More Jet Lag.
The only essential 'equipment' I advocate is what you probably use already: eyeshades, ear plugs or noise canceling headphones and a pillow.
No More Jet Lag is one of the very few books on this topic available. What sets it apart from the other publications is that No More Jet Lag is light, easy to understand and, if I may say so, entertaining without complicated scientific exposés.
What you will find inside No More Jet Lag is:
What modern air travel really is
The role of anxiety related to the trip
The aircraft cabin (with the risk of acquiring DVT) and its air quality
What crossing time zones does to you
Learning to prevent jet lag in three easy steps: before, during and after the flight
Testing: the no more jet lag technique is illustrated with flights going east and west, based on actual schedules
It's so simple, it simply has to work. And it does.
crossing six time zones for the first time in his life one reader put
it like this:
"My friend, congratulations!!!
Your recommendations are working.
I've not had problems with the schedule."
No pills, no frills, no medication or meditation: No More Jet Lag offers the most effective, the simplest and the cheapest method to prevent jetlag.
Even if you are leaving on an intercontinental flight tomorrow, there is still time to download the eBook and read it.
No more Jet Lag is available as soft cover: ISBN 1-4116-6746-8 and as an eBook for different eReader formats.
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