Time changes

This could be some awesome post about how nothing stays the same and that everything changes and even when you go back home things will aways be different.

No.

It’s about how much traveling sucks. In particular, how much adjusting to the new time zone you’re in sucks. Like today. Today I’m suffering from the dreaded west to east syndrome. WTES, as it’s commonly know, it one of the worse. You set your alarm to wake up at what your brain thinks is a normal, reasonable hour. But when that hour come, BAM! Your brain’s all “WTF, mate” and totally feels like you’ve drank a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster, minus the slice of lemon.

You spend the day in a haze, downing as much caffeine as you deem safe, but nothing seems to work. Then, here’s the kicker, about eight o’clock at night, all your energy come back! You finally feel alive! You can do things, you can think, you can live your life to it’s fullest. BUT, it’s time for bed.

Now you have two options. 1, you can go and lay in bed till about 3 hours past your bed time, or 2, you can stay up and do things till you get tired and go to bed 4 hours past your bed time. Which all leads into a lack of sleep then to tired morning and day.

So what are you left to do?

There are actual, proven ways to fix jet lag, like get sunlight as soon as you wake up, eat meals at the right time, try to go to bed at the right time, but you’re not here for that. You want my super secret methods that are even more proven and actual! Luck you, here they are:

  1. Caffeine. Use it to stay up for one whole day. Say you land at 6 PM, start hitting that caffeine until you stay up a whole day THEN the time remaining to a reasonable hour. So in this case, 11 PM.
  2. Whine about it. While it won’t make you adjust any faster, it’ll make you feel like better. You are doing something amazing and if people aren’t making allowances for you or singing your praise, it’s just not fair and they should be told.
  3. Bright lights. This is used in conjunction with number 1. The whole time you need to be in the sun, and once the sun goes down, you need to be in bright lights the whole night. In order to get your circadianrhythm back into alignment, you need to kill it dead.

I hope these helpful tips helped you.

 

One thought on “Time changes

  1. Jessie

    At least you didn’t lose your sense of humor in the airport along the way. I’ll keep this in mind next month – I’ll be crossing eleven time zones (yes, west to east) and will probably wish I was dead for the first couple of days . . .

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