Jet Lag; Don’t Go East Young Man

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"Traveling west over six time zones requires an average of about six days to fully recover…whereas traveling east jumps up to eight days."
"Researchers explain why jet lag can be worse when you travel east." 

Washington Post - Ben Guarino

Any of us who have traveled a long distance (Hong Kong, Nuremberg to name two destinations) have experienced jet lag. You know that feeling I'm talking about when you feel like your brain has grown hair. 

I don't know about you but when I go to Hong Kong, I always feel worse when I get home (New York City) than I did when I arrived in Hong Kong. It seems that, according to a new study, its not my imagination.

That is what I learned in an article by Washington Post reporter, Ben Guarino, in his article: "Researchers explain why jet lag can be worse when you travel east." He tell us that, according to the University of Maryland,  "…it is generally tougher to adjust when traveling east. Go west, on the other hand, and rest a little easier."

 

Why, because it is easier for our brains to cope with an extended day (which happens when we fly west) than a shorter one which occurs when we fly east. What is startling, however, is the amount of time it takes to recover.

Here is how the article puts it: "Traveling west over six time zones requires an average of about six days to fully recover…whereas traveling east jumps up to eight days. At nine time zones crossed, the difference is even starker: about eight days to recover from a western trip, but 12 days from an eastbound one."

I feel tired just writing that. So, if you feel worse when you get home from Hong Kong, its not just your imagination. Now, go to sleep.

 

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