The world's longest
flight and jet lag
Qatar Airways operates the world's longest flight.
According to the timetable it takes 16 hours non-stop to fly from Doha
to Auckland. The flight crosses nine timezones (from UTC +3 to UTC +12).
That's enough to cause a jet lag that could take almost 10 days to
But it doesn't have
too be like that. Because jet lag is largely a mindset issue. It's preventable. And science proves our method.
What Jet Lag is
A clear blue sky and perfect flying
weather for another long business trip or for
that faraway and much needed vacation you have
All tht stands between you and your destination is that eighteen,
fifteen or ten hours flight.
With lots of time to relax, to eat, to drink, maybe to work a
bit. Time for
the busy busines traveler or the vacationer.
If long distance air
travel 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.
If long distance air travel was that easy, you would not suffer from
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 there be no doubt about it; long distance air travel is not very
kind on the human system.
Even so, flying
without jet lag is feasible. On any airline and in any
It is very easy to do and, better still: you
don't have to buy any expensive gadgets, vitamins or drugs or sign up
meditation or self-hypnosis therapy.
Traveling the world without jet lag is within reach and will bring back
the fun of subsonic air
travel next time you have to fly. Even if you have another
Very few travelers talk about jet
lag. They see it as an inevitable condition that takes its mild
toll for a few
days or so.
Unfortunately, jet lag is more than just a mild
It is an issue affecting the health of most air passengers.
Jet lag symptoms:
disorders (even after taking melatonin, a special diet or light therapy)
judgment (how about making 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 fiive 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
cause of jet lag is inside our brain. Deep down there, covered by those
cells is a tiny organ called the pineal gland. It
melatonin, a hormone that plays an important role in regulating our
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
night owls it suggests that the
production of melatonin is not exclusively linked to the end of the
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
There is scientific evidence that for every hour of time difference,
needs one day to recover. The math is easy: if your trip takes you
across 10 time zones, you need
10 days to become your usual yourself again.
So, you may say, what's all the excitement about? Well, the
more you travel,
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
We need to find a way to 'reset' our body clock
and the melatonin
Passengers may opt for melatonin pills or other allopathic or
(don't buy them over the counter, but talk with your physician first),
diet, acupuncture, self-hypnosis, meditation or light therapy. Some
even wear anti-jetlag stockings, but none of these approaches seem to
I propose instead is the most natural way to prevent jet lag one can
imagine. It will make you say "how come I haven't
thought of that before".
The procedure comes in just three easy steps:
pre-departure, in-flight and after
arrival. And the
best part is: you don't have to buy expensive gadgets, use drugs or
therapy. You only need your brain to prevent jet lag, and that is what
I explain in my book
The only essential
'equipment' I advocate is what you probably use already: eyeshades,
ear plugs or
noise canceling headphones and an inflatable pillow (or the
one provided by the
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
What you will find inside No More Jet Lag is:
air travel really is
The role of
anxiety causing factors related to the trip
aircraft cabin (with the risk of acquiring DVT) and its air quality
crossing time zones does to you
prevent jet lag in three easy steps: before, during and after the flight
the no more jet lag technique is illustrated with flights going east
west, based on actual schedules
It's so simple, it simply has to work. And it does.
crossing six time zones one reader put it like this:
"My friend, congratulations!!!
I've not had problems with the schedule."
No pills, no frills, no medication or meditation: No More Jet
Lag is the most
effective, the simplest and the cheapest methodology to
Even if you are leaving on a long haul flight tomorrow, there is still
time to download
No more Jet Lag is available as soft cover: ISBN
1-4116-6746-8 and as an
eBook for different eReader formats.
Order or download for a few bucks from:
Children and Jet Lag
Children have an enormous capacity
to adjust themselves to changing conditions and situations. Yet, they
experience jet lag, just like adults do. However, they often recover
from jet lag
faster, as most children sleep rather well during the flight.
Infants and older children usually settle into the new time zone after
a day or
Night flights are probably easier on infants and toddlers than day time
research by Kirill Serkh and Daniel B. Forger confirms that No
More Jetlag's approach to preventing jet lag is valid. In their publication
the authors estimate that the effects of jet lag can be reduced
significantly. For instance; the five day recovery period for traveling
five time zones can be reduced to three days.
No More Jetlag argues it can be done even faster: in just one day.
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