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The Joy of Jet Lag

November 3, 2010 4:49 pm - Posted by Jody in Travel


It’s been about a week since I have been back from our trip to Japan. In that time I’ve gone through the usual post shoot rituals; I’ve had multiple meetings with our creative team, looked at some of the footage we shot, started to write my script and plan the edit, and of course have not really had any sleep. There’s something truly sinister about re-adjusting to a 13-hour time shift. It affects the body in many ways.

When we were in Japan we stayed at the fantastic Tokyo Park Hyatt, the setting of Sofia Coppola’s great movie Lost in Translation. Fittingly Bill Murray’s character is always my go to image for the ravages of jet lag. He just nailed the stupor of not being able to sleep but also not being able to fully wake up.

Normally I am not too affected by jet lag or time changes. When you’re on the road as much as we are that’s a good thing. I have my own strategies to help minimize the unavoidable side effects of travel. I work out regularly, try to sleep on the plane and not watch 5 Bruce Willis movies in a row, and of course sample wines. That last trick by the way isn’t medically proven but avoiding the Bruce Willis movies is.

However for all my efforts this last trip has been particularly difficult for me. It’s strange how a 13 hour time change from New York to Tokyo affects me much more than a 12 hour time shift between Hong Kong and New York. I am not sure why that is but it is a fact. So rather than fight the inevitable I have decided to embrace the jet lag.  I’ve decided to enjoy being up at 5 am so that I can be more productive. I’ve decided to embrace an evening nap as that will give me a hint of what old age is going to be like, and I’ve decided to just expect to feel like a zombie. Seeing as Halloween is recently past I feel quite festive.

All joking aside Doctors will tell you that it should take 1 day for each hour of time change you work through. I believe that but with a busy work and travel schedule I never have the luxury of accepting it. In the end there isn’t much you can do to re-adjust your body’s clock but try to be healthy, don’t get stressed and keep indulging in fine wines. After all life is too short not to enjoy a glass or two along the way.