Monday, December 22, 2008

Jetlagged: Part I

It's 4:41am in Seoul.  It's 11:41 PST to my internal clock.  I just took some dramamine, which is supposed to have cause some drowsiness.  Let's see if this actually works. 

The 14 hr flight was actually bearable, thanks to in-flight movies.  I brought all this reading material (When Genius Failed by Lowenstein, and the Panic of 1907, for some financial crisis related reading) and didn't open one once.  The food was also good, edible even.  And the pilot landed well - I've been on enough flights where a bump or two is expected, but we flew down like a knife spreading butter on a bread - that smooth.  

I just checked this site for "jet lag advice."  Unsure how this will help but will try it.

Day 1
Seek light between 19:30 pm to 22:00 pm
Avoid light between 22:00 pm to 0:30 am
Day 2
Seek light between 23:30 pm to 2:00 am
Avoid light between 2:00 am to 4:30 am

Seeking light

The advisor has suggested the optimum time to expose yourself to light. Light is important because it is one of the primary cues that the body clock uses to maintain it’s link with the outside world.

When it comes to seeking light, any kind of light will do. Daylight is best, but if it’s not available, simply switching on a bedroom light is sufficient to help you minimise the effects of jet lag.

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