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Managing your time: if you know already what jet lag feels like and next time around you want to feel a lot better, order the No More Jet Lag book and you're all set.

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 settle.

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 earned.
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 sleep 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 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 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 direction. 

It is very easy to do and, better still: you don't have to buy any expensive gadgets, vitamins or drugs or sign up for a 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 intercontinental trip scheduled tomorrow.

Jet Lag: it's preventable
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 condition. 
It is an issue affecting the health of most air passengers.

Jet lag symptoms:

  • disorientation

  • sleep disorders (even after taking melatonin, a special diet or light therapy)

  • stomach problems

  • memory loss

  • headaches/nausea

  • impaired judgment (how about making strategic decisions in the first few days after arrival?)

  • stress

  • irritability

  • temporary shrinking of the brain (wow, cool, but also makes you wonder about the pilots' brains)

A senior manager of a leading company told me that he always postpones making important decisions until fiive days after coming home from a trip. Just to be sure that the effects of 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, covered by those gray cells 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 need 10 days to become your usual yourself again. 

So, you may say, what's all the excitement about? Well, 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 need to find a way to 'reset' our body clock and the melatonin production. 
Passengers may 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.

What 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 follow a therapy. You only need your brain to prevent jet lag, and 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 an inflatable pillow (or the one provided by the airline).

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 causing factors 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. After crossing six time zones one reader put it like this:

"My friend, congratulations!!! 
our recommendations are working. 
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 prevent jetlag.

Even if you are leaving on a long haul flight tomorrow, there is still time to download the eBook. 
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: 

Support independent publishing: buy this book on Lulu. 

Children and Jet Lag
Children have an enormous capacity to adjust themselves to changing conditions and situations. Yet, they also 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 three.

Night flights are probably easier on infants and toddlers than day time flights.

In 2014 scientific 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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