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A Flight Attendant’s Jet Lag Survival Guide

April 22, 2017

From the Huffington Post website

For flight crews, this is more than an inconvenience, it’s an occupational hazard. Chronic jet lag can increase your risk of disease later in life, from cancer risks to cognitive decline. In the short term, it can mess with your memory and mental function.

After one particularly long night, I almost gave up. We were delayed on the tarmac after an 18-hour shift. My bones were tired; I felt like bursting into tears; and I was still in a different country away from my bed. I turned to my experienced supervisor and asked how she coped with the exhaustion, day in and day out.

She told me about an time-tested rule, passed on from crew member to crew member: The 11 o’clock rule.

“If you arrive at your destination before 11 a.m. you are OK to nap,” she said. “If it’s after, you have to wait until bedtime.”

Getting back on a solid sleep schedule is the best way to combat jet lag’s deleterious effects. And chatting with colleagues, I learned a lot.

I found they had a wealth of inside information on how to beat the dreaded jet lag:

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