December 20, 1987 |
I was reeling from jet lag that first morning in Sydney after a long night's journey into day. Because my hotel room was not ready, I was ushered into a lofty lounge to join other early arrivals crumpled on sofas. They, too, had crossed the Pacific and broken through the clouds at dawn, the busiest hours for in-bound international flights. "It has to do with where we are in the world," a hotel clerk said apologetically, as he welcomed me to Australia.
March 13, 1988
When travelers become disoriented because of the sunrise, sunset and/or the living habits of a new time zone, the result can be jet lag. A survey by Upjohn Co. indicated that 90% of the people who suffer jet-lag symptoms were hit by daytime sleepiness and fatigue, 78% couldn't sleep at night, 69% had trouble concentrating, 66% had slowed reflexes, 50% showed irritability, 47% had upset digestive tracts, 44% were hungry at odd hours and 31% were depressed.
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November 15, 1986 |
A Navy sleep researcher has found ways to manage some of the effects of jet lag--including reaction times and short-term memory problems--by controlling the environment in a plane cabin and feeding passengers large doses of a sleep-inducing substance found in protein-rich foods. The research was commissioned by the commandant of the Marine Corps, who wants troops being rushed to far-away trouble spots to be well-rested.
June 30, 1991 |
Jet lag is the price most of us pay for getting to the other side of the world quickly--unless we know how to soften the punch. One survey of international air travelers reported that 94% suffer from jet lag, half of them with symptoms described as severe. Poor concentration, irritability, upset digestion, hunger at odd hours, depression, daytime sleepiness and fatigue and inability to sleep at night are the complaints most often reported.
December 24, 1990 |
Just before the space shuttle Columbia streaked into orbit earlier this month, its seven astronauts underwent an unusual middle-of-the-night ritual. In Houston and at Cape Canaveral, they were exposed to carefully timed periods of simulated daylight for several nights straight. The idea was to help the astronauts' body clocks--which researchers believe are directly affected by cycles of light and dark--adjust more quickly to their scheduled 1:30 a.m. launch.
February 27, 1998 |
Patrick Roy still complained about jet lag in the aftermath of the Winter Olympics. The Phoenix Coyotes might think otherwise after Roy stopped 27 shots for his 40th shutout as Colorado completed a back-to-back sweep with a 3-0 victory Thursday night at Denver. "I was surprised because, to tell you the truth, I felt lousy the last three days and was thinking how am I going to play this game," said Roy. "Last night was pretty good, but I was getting up at 1 a.m. and 4 a.m.