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By Andy the HoboTraveler.Com

ISSUE:  040
DATE:  July 31, 2001
TIP:  Jet Lag
LOCATION:  Belgium

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(DO NOT lose 1/2 your 2 week vacation because you slept through it.)

8 day on the road, and I got to get some sleep tonight...
An all night bus in Ecuador, or 35 hour bus trip in Brazil is nothing
compared to...

Wide awake, and looking at the clock at 3:00 in the morning

8 hours difference, and my biological clock is all goofed up.
Most people will not brag about getting on a bus for 24 hours
but I can guarantee you will recover from a 24 hour bus trip faster
than you will recover from jet lag.

Jet lag is the problem when you travel long distance in an airplane
either east or west and you cross different time zones, losing or
gaining hours on the clock.

When you go to the north or south the time does not change, but
you may have “Jet Lag” of the weather seasons. You can travel
from the middle of summer to the middle of winter, or conversely.

The time here is 8:00 in the morning, or 800 hours.
The time in Chicago, USA is about Midnight.

The first night in Europe and at midnight. I felt like it was 4 o’clock
in the afternoon, and was not ready to sleep.

I can understand Jet Lag better when I think of it like
a bear coming out of hibernation after a long winters sleep,
or a person with a hangover from a long night of heavy
drinking of alcohol.


Daytime sleepiness
Insomnia or wide awake at 3:00 in the morning.
Naps in the afternoon
Poor concentration
Slower reflexes

Poor appetite
Hunger pangs at unusual times (Midnight Snacks)

Mood swings
Anger or Frustration
No patience

Your body has a circadian clock, that is synchronized
with events of your normal day.
People work and play when the sun shines.
People sleep when the sun goes down.
You have just changed what is normal, and
what is normal will have to change.

Your bodies clock is set by:
When you awake in the morning.
When you eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
When you go to work, and when you stop work.
When you watch TV at night, or go to the local pub.
When you go to church on Sunday,
or sleep in because you have a day off.
You mind has a habit of doing certain things at certain times.

Because you slept at the wrong time, or was angry and irritable.
It takes about 1 day to recover or adjust, for every hour difference.
So to enjoy your vacation you may want to try to help this process.
If you are one of those people like this hobo that wakes up at
7:00 rain or shine, work or play. Or maybe one of them people that says
“If I don’t get my 8 hours sleep I’m a grumpy bear”
Than you need to pay attention.
If you are a person that stays up all night partying, then
all this may be normal for you, and your ready to go.

You are in another time zone.
When the local people are hungry you are not.
When they sleep, you are awake.
When they want to go home to sleep, you are ready to play.


To adjust your minds clock you should constantly remember
that you should eat, drink, and sleep when the local people
eat, drink, and sleep.

Do not snack because you are hungry.
Do not sleep because you are sleepy.
Do not sleep till noon. SET your ALARM CLOCK.
Do not drink lots of alcohol so you fall asleep.
Do not drink lots of coffee.
Do not get lots of exercise, take it easy the first couple of days.
Do not listen to people that say you should take a nap after your long

If the sun is shining STAY AWAKE
If it is time to sleep. TRY TO SLEEP.

Do open your curtains so the sun shines in your room.
Do set your alarm clock to wake up.
Do eat even though you are not hungry.
Do watch the clock, and think of a normal routine for that country.

There may be a couple of nights of only getting 3-4 hours sleep,
but this is probably better than missing the tours of the city,
or local attractions.
For you really motivated types, and want to maximize the time
you have to see the sites on your vacation. You may want to start
before you leave by calculating the time differences, and trying to:

1. Awake or sleep a few hours earlier or later.
2. Go to bed earlier, or later.
According to whether you fly to the east, or to the west.
For the really hearty souls you can just skip one nights sleep.
This will help you fall asleep the next night, correct or incorrect.

Being sleepy, disorientated, and just plain a GRUMPY BEAR.
Is not the time to make major decisions, or do the most difficult
adventures of your trip. It can be dangerous. You are a prime
candidate to have your backpack, or luggage stolen, or
short changed on that money exchange, or talked into doing
something you should avoid.
Entering a country, changing languages is difficult.
“Changes in Latitudes”,
“Changes in Attitudes”
as Jimmy Buffet sings about is true.

Keeping a good attitude is necessary for all hobo’s
that just missed jumping a train, or catching a free meal
because they are confused from JET LAG. was here.    X

Hobo’s mark your locations so we remember.
Have fun! Life is Good!

As always, these are suggestions. Please realize I am
giving guidance, and there are always other opinions.
“One mans paradise, is another mans hell”
This way we do not all go to the same place.

Article written by Andy the
On year 4 of hobo trip around the world.
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