Brainings

Jet Lag

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It’s incredible to think that we can fly around this world in a matter of hours. In less than eight hours from door to door I can be in Europe. When you think about it, it really is amazing. Less than a century ago this was merely a dream. A century and a half ago, this concept wasn’t even thought of by the vast majority of the world’s population.

People who did travel between the continents in the 1800s also didn’t suffer jet lag. Taking a slow boat across the ocean gave more time for passengers to slowly adjust to the differing time zones. Actual beds, even in steerage class, made sleep come easier than sitting nearly upright in a cramped airplane seat.

Just something to think about as I recover from jet lag today. Now, if you could put some more coffee on, that would be great.

  • Number_Six

    "Well Abner, at least we're not gonna get them there jet lags!"
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  • One of the most disorienting experiences of my life was the first time I flew overseas. Took an overnight flight from New York to the UK. Didn't sleep AT ALL on the flight. Shortly after landing I proceed to get in a taxi. I end up in the rear facing jump seat on the left side. Next thing I know, I going around roundabouts backwards and on the "wrong" side of the road! This just ain't right! A day or so of sleep later and things calmed down.

  • A few days ago, my wife and I were talking about the pains of long distance travel, so, naturally, we landed on the subject of Star Trek transporters. It occurred to us that despite easing and speeding up travel, they would still not be a fix for jet lag…

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