How Do You Defeat Jet Lag?

Dude, seriously – how do you get over jet lag without practically killing yourself? I was in Paris last week, to speak at the LeWeb conference. While it was a fantastic experience for me, I am still so tired I could die. Paris is nine hours ahead of the time here in Seattle. That is a HUGE difference, let me tell you. I was tired when I got to Paris, and I’m still wiped out two days after returning home.

Yes, I slept a little on the flight. No, it really didn’t seem to help. I’ve only been to Europe once before, and I had the same issues then, as well. I know many of you out there are jet-setters, right? How do you manage to go back and forth between different time zones without dropping over from exhaustion? How the heck do you reset your body clocks so quickly, and adapt within a matter of hours?

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9 thoughts on “How Do You Defeat Jet Lag?”

  1. This would be hard to do in Europe, but when I go out to Seattle (I live in Florida) I stay on Florida time. This allows me to land back in Tampa at 11:00 PM EST and be up for work at 7:00 AM EST. I did this at Gnomedex!

  2. Usually it takes one day for every hour in time difference to adjust once you arrive home. I travel every week for business and as long as I’m in the US I don’t really have a problem. However when I travel to Asia and Europe I find on my return trip to have issues. I’ve tried every way possible to cope with the issue coming home. I’ve tried to sleep, I tried staying up, I tried it drunk, and I tried it sober but beating a 10+ hour time difference just sucks. Just don’t fight it and take the time needed to rest and get back to full power.

  3. It’s all about food for me. Get your body into the normal pattern by eating what you normally eat when you normally eat. So however hard it may be to get up, do it and eat breakfast etc. When you’ve gone a long way west (eg Europe to West Coast USA), you will find you struggle to get to the end of the day, but make sure you eat your evening meal!

  4. I work the graveyard shift myself and what I usually do to acclimate to a normal schedule is to sleep a few hours, stay up for a few hours and then sleep a few more hours and by then it’s morning the next day.

  5. I frequently fly CA – Paris – This works for me.

    Flying from the West Coast to Paris – Stay up the night before and sleep on the plane. (with AM Paris arrival)

    Paris to West Coast – Sleep as much as possible before the flight and enjoy every movie – don’t sleep. Sleep heavy once arrived. (PM arrival on West Coast )

  6. I live in Israel, and have to travel to trade shows, West to the US and East to Asia. These are short trips, no time to get acclimatised when I get there and no lag time either when I get back to the office.

    I have developed a method which works for me in both directions: As soon as I get onto the plane, I immediately adjust my watch to the time at my destination, and from that moment on I start to change my living pattern to that time frame. So if I get on the plane in Tel Aviv at 10 am, and I’m flying to New York where the current time is 2 am, I tell myself it’s the middle of the night and try to go to sleep. Sometimes I don’t succeed, but I persevere and try to get into that mindset anyway.

    When I land, I have had a lot of hours to convince my mind and body that the time at my destination is the correct time, and I’m up and running with no problems.

    If you’re having trouble, try it, it’s free.

  7. I have heard that much of the jet lag we get is not only from the time difference but also the way that the commercial planes are pressurized. Private planes make your body feel as if you are flying 10,000 feet lower than you actually are because of the way they are pressurized. So get a private jet, you won’t have to worry 🙂

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