All right, back in England. A little bit tired, but no ‘jet lag’. I’ve been all round the world a lot without ever getting jet lag. Here is a quick guide to abolishing it.
Jet lag is a silly idea. I’ve heard people claim to be suffering from it for up to a week after they arrive somewhere, and heard it blamed for everything from headaches to sickness to committing a string of brutal crimes.
But all you have to do, to avoid it, is switch to the time zone of your destination as soon as you’re on the plane. So for example, I boarded the plane in Sydney. It was 4.30pm, so half past nine a.m. in London. I told myself it was half nine, and I would land at 6 the next morning. I then behaved appropriately for those times, I.e. Wrote for twelve hours, went to sleep when it was night in the UK, woke up at end of flight, bang! Morning. Fine. Normal.
You only have a problem if you (a) insist on going to sleep straight away when you get on the plane, or (b) insist on sleeping as soon as you land. Use common sense and don’t do those things and your body clock will be absolutely fine.
Jet lag claimed over 1000 lives last year. Together we can stop it.
We got through the whole Oz trip with only a couple of minor blog scares. Well done everyone. And Aussies, thanks for supporting my events. Enjoy Grand Final day. See you in March.