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Jet lag is one of things where you're always thinking, "hey, this can't happen to me." And then everything is hunky-dory until you step off the plane, have an hour's burst of energy, and then promptly sink into drowsy uselessness for two or three days. Simply put, jet lag is the worst and there are far too many travel tips out there offering pat-on-the-back prevention suggestions.
Personally, we don't have the time and patience for the most popular jet lag-busting recommendation, which is to schedule sleep in advance and transition into new time zones before even leaving. Instead, we stick by three hard and fast tools for minimizing jet lag as best as possible:
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Thanks to our site siblings over at HotelChatter, we’re pretty darn familiar with the hotel and motel options in and around the world’s airports. However, when it comes to just staying put right inside the airport there’s a new option that could be even more convenient than the airport hotel. That’s only the case if you’re cool with sleeping in some pretty tight quarters, as it looks like some kind of sleep pod recliners have made their way into the terminal.
They've only recently arrived overseas, in Abu Dhabi to be specific. Technically they’re calling them GoSleep, and they’re designed just for that purpose—to go to sleep.
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We thought Delta was hard at work adding plenty of those Economy Comfort seats as well as WiFi on each and every flight, but apparently they also have a little extra time to work on some other projects. They’re actually trying to solve the problem of jet lag, and they just showed off some of their most recent ideas at the Technology, Entertainment and Design—TED—conference out in Long Beach, California.
This stuff might be a little bit above our pay grade when it comes to understanding the science behind things, but basically what Delta has created is some kind of light shower. Photon light rains down upon you, and then like magic you’re cured from any and all jetlag—at least in theory.
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Earlier this week, London-Heathrow Airport let us in on a few secrets of what'll be going down within their terminals during the upcoming Olympics. We're talking javelins and firearms in checked baggage and 1,000 local volunteers just to show people to right way off their planes.
Today, Heathrow has some direct advice for all of you about to board a long-haul flight, whether it's over to them for the Games, or elsewhere, for vacation or work. Taking health hints from the Olympics, Heathrow devised a plan for beating jet lag as well as generally staying healthy during longer periods of travel.
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There’s plenty of airports (like PHL and NRT) with rent-a-room spots, where travelers may pay for a few hours to take a nap or just to escape the hustle and bustle of the terminal, but now the concept has crossed the pond.
Thanks to the creative airport engineers over at No.1 Traveller, there are now private rooms available airside for rent for just a few pounds. Open to one and all—assuming you have the cash—they're found in the airport’s terminal three. In total there are 12 rooms from which to choose, and each comes with television, free internet access, free telephone, and of course a shower to freshen up. There’s even a room service option, but unfortunately they don’t do wake-up calls—so don’t forget to set your alarm!
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It's a damned shame that no US airport boasts one of the funky, sleep-at-the-airport Yotels. Those things are amazing. Instead, travelers faced with delayed flights and long nights at the airport have to spring for an airport-area business hotel or a Holiday Inn Express when they likely don't need all those amenities. Just a good sleep is all some people want, and luckily a few Minute Suites are slowly popping up at airports like
PHL just opened their mini-hotel of 13 Minute Suites and 2 workstation cubicles, the second Minute Suites after the original at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. Here's the deal:
This morning, two new iPhone Travel Apps hit the Apple App store on iTunes, andsurprisethey're both from Virgin Atlantic. >The first, with screenshots above, is definitely the cooler one. It's "Jet Lag Fighter" and at $1.99, it's cheaper than two other similar apps, yet styled better. In conjunction with the advice of Dr. Chris Idzikowski, the Virgin Atlantic Jet Lag Fighter app allows you to tell your phone your flight details and let it figure out, via either sleep adjustment or light adjustment, how best to get through the jet lag. And it's iPad-compatible.
When I visited Japan a few years back, I was afraid that the 14-hour flight from Newark would leave me so jet-lagged that I'd be a zombie once I arrived in Tokyo, so I did everything in my power to sleep on the plane. It didn't work. I kept my eyes glued shut for hours on end, yet sleep would simply not come. Upon touching down at Narita, I spent the next 48 hours in a daze. If only I had the wisdom of the experts msnbc.com called on for an interesting article on how to sleep on an airplane.
We've never held much interest in those noise-canceling headphones, but sometimes it seems worth the $60-$90 for a little peace and quiet. For the DIY types, Kip Kedesh's video (above) shows how to rig up your own 'phones for around $20 using construction-strength muffs.
Not handy at all? A recent CNet review picked out an $84 pair by JVC that work almost as well as those Bose beauties. Ahhh, the sound of silence.
· Video: Make Your Own Noise-Canceling Headphones for $20 [BT]
· Best Noise-Canceling Headphones [CNet]
· Travel to a Quiet Place: Preacher's Cave [Jaunted]
[Photo: Bert Heymans]
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Hate jet lag? So do we. But some researchers in Argentina have found that our recovery from jet lag might be considerably faster using the somewhat unlikely-sounding solution of taking Viagra.
So far they've only tested in on hamsters, using lights rather than flights, but results show that taking low doses of Viagra (not enough to produce any hamster erections, apparently) helped the hamsters adjust to a new time zone about 50% faster. The trick is that it only worked when they simulated eastbound flights, so it looks like we'll need one-way flight traffic plus Viagra to feel good after a long flight.
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Once you're on the plane, it's a bit late to get a massive warning about the possibility of getting jet lag. But yeah, there are probably a few pointers left to give to the not-so-experienced traveler, and British Airways has now set this up in a series of podcasts that are best listened to before you leave for the airport, rather than on your iPod once you've boarded the plane. The advice comes from the sleep expert of British Airways, a fellow named Dr. Chris Idzikowski, a.k.a. Dr. Sleep.
Topics include sleep basics (close your eyes, count sheep), synchronizing your inner clock (as complicated as it sounds) and overcoming jet lag. Unfortunately even Dr. Sleep suggests that getting over jet lag is still only something that can happen gradually. And the podcasts aren't even boring enough that they'll really help you sleep.
· BA Launches Online Jet Lag Podcasts [Business Traveller]
· How to Sleep on Airplanes [Jaunted]
Didn't we dispel the myth that carrot juice cures jet lag? Anyway, though we are firm believers that the only sure fire cure for Jet Lag is to ignore it, we are willing to listen when someone claims to have found the body clock algorithm, which in essence, could reduce or cure jet lag.
Litebook is a portable 'light box' that travellers can use to reduce the effects of jet lag. It uses bright white LEDs of a specific wavelength identical to those of the peak wavelength of sunlight.
I tried it recently when flying from Vancouver to Ottawa. It was only three time zones, but it seemed to help me out with fatigue and sleeping the right hours. It certainly worked better than those silly pills I've tried in the past.
There's also a jet lag calculator on Litebook's site that enables users to figure out when they should the device, and when they should avoid light to overcome jet lag as quickly as possible.
Light is evil. Pill popping doesn't work. That sounds about right. A "Jet Lag Calculator" on the site helps weary travelers figure out how much light they need to avoid to calibrate their body clocks.
We aren't sure if Hoth Han Solo is to show product scale, or to remind us all that crawling into the belly of a freshly killed tauntaun does not cure the winter blues, nor jet lag--either way we are down with Hoth Han.