Ah, the Onion. Always funny. In the same issue, they comment that the United States Blowjoblessness rate is up. Less and less men are finding blow jobs.
Anyway, I am going to have the jet lag test this coming weekend. I fly on Thursday from San Francisco to Toronto on the red eye, spend 38 hours in Toronto and then get on a plane to fly over-night to Paris. That'll be a pretty big change in time zones without much sleep, and I have to be bright-eyed and bushy-tales on Monday morning to lead a training class!
My plan is to force myself to sleep on the planes and force myself to stay awake during the day.
I'll let you know how I fare.
I've traveled all over the place and across lots of time zones, Europe, Asia, US, Micronesia, Central Asia, etc. For the most part, no effect at all. the one exception was moving from the US to Europe the first few times because it was an eight hour difference. I found myself going to sleep at 10 pm, then up from like 1 am to 4 am, then exhausted all day, repeat. I've since realized how ridiculous it is to get a full night's sleep before getting on a long flight. all you are going to do is sit there with nowhere to go so i just don't do any packing or cleaning, do the goodbye parties, then when everyone else head's to bed, i get packing and stay up all night. by the time i get on the airplane, i'm exhausted so i sleep the whole flight and when i get to my destination, it's like i just got up. the trans-pacific flights are terrible because they are so long, but then don't sleep for two days. you're super productive before you leave and works like a charm!
some retired pilot told me - sleep plenty before, during (if you can - and pilots nowdays are allowed to have a nap) and after your flight.
he thought that sleep can be accumulated (which is not true) - but at least your body is rested and able to adjust faster to new conditions.
when you fly a lot and emotions wears off you tend to fall asleep as soon as you take your seat.