A jet lag cure has been out of reach for years but now the solution is supposed to have been found. I saw it on a TV documentary and after searching on the internet found an article claiming the same thing.
The solution is to fast for 16 hours before you are due to land (and don’t eat on the plane) then, upon arrival, eat a proper meal. This is supposed to re-set the body clock.
I discovered this in time for my trip to China. Did it work?
I think it did.
I say “I think” as there was some tiredness which would be expected aside from the jet lag.
First, what is jet lag? It is more than just feeling tired. A typical description from sportsci.org is,
“Symptoms include fatigue and general tiredness, inability to sleep at night, loss of concentration, loss of drive, headaches and general malaise. Jet-lag occurs when biological rhythms are disrupted as a result of rapid transitions across multiple time-zones.”
Yes it is more than tiredness and can last a while and be unpleasant.
For a Christian, fasting for 16 hours should be no big deal and for me seemed a small price to pay. Going to China, as they are 7 hours ahead of us, I effectively had to go to bed there earlier than my body was expecting. The advantage of this technique was that I adjusted and did not like awake for the first few nights before settling into the new rhythm.
On returning I was going to bed 7 hours later than my body was expecting. I could have tried to sleep as much as possible on the return flight, but having already slept during the night there and because this was a day-time flight I was just not ready to sleep then. So that 7 hour later bed time meant I felt a bit tired the next day but had none of the added symptoms such as the sickness and disorientation.
My verdict is that it works and I will do it in future. I think I beat the jet lag.