15 May 2017 — Jet-Lag, and How To Defeat It


Effective July 1, 2016, by new Rotary International rule, Clubs must meet a minimum of twice each month, regardless of format (in person or online) or date/time. Accordingly, our Club has adopted a policy of two meetings per month, on a mid-month Monday at noon and the usual Fourth Sunday in-person meeting. If time and topic call for additional online Programs, we will be pleased to provide them.


SUNDAY, JUNE 4 — 12:30 pm to 2:00 pmOur FOURTH SUNDAY meeting for May! Yes, you read that correctly; the Fourth Sunday in May falls on Memorial Day Weekend in the United States, so we push the meeting one week later into June. Speaker TBA. LOCATION: Denny’s Sherman Oaks, corner of Burbank and Sepulveda Boulevards. Board Meeting expected to happen this month, 11:15 a.m. before the main meeting.

SUNDAY, JUNE 25 — 12:30 pm to 2:00 pmOur FOURTH SUNDAY meeting for June!  LOCATION: Denny’s Sherman Oaks, corner of Burbank and Sepulveda Boulevards. Board Meeting possible; if so, at 11:15 a.m. before the main meeting.








Rotarians travel.  A lot of people travel, in fact.

Planets rotate, resulting in a civilized invention called “Time Zones.”

When people travel, changing too many time zones wreaks havoc.  The concept is called jet-lag, a term first coined (as it happens) by The Los Angeles Times, as you will see in one of the articles that comprise this Program.

It is purely a coincidence that the topic of the current program is jet-lag and how to defeat it, but recently an unnamed Rotarian who may or may not also serve as Programs Chair of this Rotary Club traveled from his (um, or her) home time zone to a time zone some sixteen hours ahead. By way of example, as this Program is posted at noon on Monday in the U.S. Pacific Time Zone, the time in the destination time zone is 4:00 a.m….Tuesday.

Flying from East to West is considered to be easier than the opposite. In this case, using some of the methods suggested in these articles, this anonymous traveler guessed that an early morning wake-up for a mid-morning flight…only a short nap on the airplane…arrival at the final destination late afternoon (the next day, but late afternoon on the local clocks)…and going to sleep at a somewhat-normal hour might defeat the jet-lag by tricking the body into sleeping “normal” nighttime hours. For the most part, it worked; being awake for 24 hours, spending 12 of them at high altitude, and “enjoying” only 90 minutes of a reasonable facsimile of sleep during that stretch, allowed the traveler to sleep through the first night and be adjusted.

The West to East flight was tougher, with an early morning, a nearly-full day, a late-afternoon flight, a late-morning arrival (on the same calendar day)…staying awake with a desperate effort until a normal bedtime at night…jet-lag was mostly defeated, but at the cost of being up for 31 hours with only about two hours of “sleep” on the airplane.

Got any travel tips of your own?  Here are tips from a health site, a travel site, and the “travel” area of Yahoo featuring interviews with several experienced flight attendants.  Next time you travel a long distance across time zones, we hope these tips will help.






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3 responses to 15 May 2017 — Jet-Lag, and How To Defeat It

  1. Tricking the body sleep-o-meter when flying thru multiple time zones is imperative. I’ve been doing that for many years. Also: Hydrating, walking the aisles every couple hours, comfy clothes, etc.

  2. I get jet lag when it’s Daylight Savings time. It’s hopeless for me. Good thing I don’t travel for a living. I admire those that do and have outsmarted the evil jet lag.

  3. Even after living on the road for weeks at a time while working for Rotary, I never managed to come up with a way to avoid jet lag. I simply learned to motor through the days.

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