August 4, 1991
Harry Nelson's article, "Finding Ways to Minimize the Effects of Jet Lag" (June 30), slid past what I have found to be the best way to control jet lag. My secret is to start thinking in destination time as soon as I'm airborne. I have been to Germany three times in recent years, plus a few California/Midwest trips, so I know whereof I speak. Whether or not I can sleep on the plane, I have never had any trouble. Certainly I'm sleepy by 9 p.m. when I return, but that's because I've been up for 24 hours.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.