I know it's a sort of cardinal sin of writing to make sweeping generalizations, but I am going to go ahead and make one: No one on the face of the planet likes jetlag.
It messes with your head and your body, makes you prone to illness and just generally wreaks havoc on your travel plans by draining you of the energy and ambition those plans naturally require.
It'll wake you up at 2 a.m. in Hanoi and make you spend three solid hours listening to rain drip rhythmically, incessantly on the metal roof of the building next door while you wish desperately you had the bravery and blunt, heavy tools to you'd need beat yourself unconscious for just one sweet hour of rest. For example.
Wanting to avoid that feeling for the rest of my time as a living, breathing, sentient being on Earth, I decided to give JetZone—a homeopathic jetlag prevention medicine—a go as we headed to China.
Works like so:
- You chew a tablet (innocuous tasting, by the way) an hour before takeoff.
- During the flight, chew another tablet every two hours. If you are among the blessed who can sleep on airplanes, don't worry about dozing off and not waking up every two hours on the nose. Stay in nigh-nigh land and then when you wake up, resume the every-two-hours dosage.
- Chew one more an hour after you land.
It might sound like a bit of a pain in the ass, but the tradeoff here is no fricking jetlag. It totally worked a charm for me and I not only got a solid sleep on our first night in Hong Kong, but woke up annoyingly eager to take on the day. So yes, JetZone is now forever in my bag and forever in my heart, bless it.
It should probably also be said that you want to stick with the old tricks of the trade like getting a good night's sleep before you leave, easing up on/entirely avoiding the inflight booze, immediately adjusting to local time. (That means not crawling into bed if you arrive at 2 in the afternoon—or even 5 p.m., for that matter. No naps! I see you, sleepyhead! I see you.) And if you're good about following schedules, Jet Lag Rooster will put together a free sleep schedule for you "based on science." Science!