Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Jetlag: The International Phenomenon

How is it that I can travel the world and be fine on the way over and be so debarred of rest on my return? I was so cautious to be guarding my schedule on the flight in such a way as to be prepared for a full work week when I returned, but something occurred 36 hours after I landed and now I feel exhausted beyond all comprehension. So much for blending back into a full work week. The time difference wasn't even remotely extreme: 5 hours. I've definitely been on trips where we crossed the International Date Line and I flew for 14 hours and arrived up and ready to go. Not so with this one, I guess. I spoke with a woman today who mentioned that she was particularly inconvenienced by the recent Daylight Savings change. 60 minutes. You lose that when you stay up and watch too much of the news. The greater problem ensues when you are on a trip and then the Daylight Savings change occurs. You aren't even fully adjusted and then you have to adjust again before you come home and adjust for a third time. How terribly bothersome.

1 comment:

Joshua M L said...

That's true: jetlag is phenominally international. On a recent trip we had such an easy time in the first flight, but the return trip was rather harsh inside of a KC-135 personnel carrier plane. From the knees down the temperature was almost as high as freezing, but the waist up was upwards of eighty degrees. The total flight time was ten-and-a-half hours and we thought we were going ot lose our toes at the end.