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Opinion

Chiu on This
A short and regular opinion blast from Stephen Chiu

‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast

As not many people understand the jet lag, I thought I’d describe it to the average person. I’ll be describing the 15-hour difference from West to East and East to West as this is what I have the most experience with. So what happens in this instance is that morning is night if you go from the West to the East. For the ill-prepared, rest is generally out of grasp as most are unaccustomed to fighting their bodies into submission and forcing them to adjust to the local time.

It’s worse from East to West because peak exhaustion hits during the day time when you’re supposed to be awake doing shit. The best way to describe it is imagine that moment between being asleep and awake when the comfort of your warm bed is the most alluring thing in the world. Your thoughts are slow and it takes a titanic effort to get up without an alarm clock. That is what it’s like for most of the work day.

I’ve never had to do anything intensive during these bouts of jet lag I’ve experienced (work and school don’t need much attention for a prolonged period of time), but that’s the basis for understanding jet lag woes.

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