fighting jet lag via blogging

Posted: February 4th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: deardiary, travel | Tags: , , | 3 Comments »

My apologies if this blog post is incoherent – my body think’s I’ve just stayed up all night and is yelling at me – but it’s all to be expected when you do a 12 hour time-zone shift. I am posting this from the _future_ (queue spooky music).

It’s 8:20 pm and I figure if I can stay up for another 40 minutes I  might just sleep through the night. My recipe for fighting jet-lag includes:

  • Forcing myself to sleep as much as possible near the end of my flight (required chemical assistance, and even so all I managed was 6 hours of fitful sleep, waking up at 4:30am bangkok time).
  • No napping!
  • As much time outdoors as possible to convince my body that yes, the sun really is up and I should be awake.

For the most part I think it’s working, it’ll be a few days before I’m properly in this timezone but at least I’m generally awake during the right hours.


I won’t be blogging again until Tuesday I think, I leave tomorrow for a 3 day, 3 night liveaboard dive trip. I’ve got this neat camera that can shoot underwater, so hopefully I’ll get some good video to post (though given the quality of the internet connections here it’ll have to be ultra low quality for now). We’ll be doing 10 dives in 3 days, in some of the worlds best diving areas, I’ll post more details when I’m back (and hopefully less tired and brain-dead).

Oh yeah, the flight

I feel like I should say something about the 18 hour business class flight from LAX to BKK – but there really isn’t much to say. For the most part the best thing about business class is that there’s nothing to say about it, it’s nice enough to forget you’re on a plane and just concentrate on sleeping or watching a movie or something. The food is better, but it’s still airplane food and I wouldn’t go to a restaurant serving it, but it’s good enough.

The one bit to note is that on my flight from Bangkok to Phuket I ended up getting upgraded into a first class seat – it’s only an hour long flight so it’s not much to get excited about – but it was very nice… here’s a pic of what the first class seating is like.

first class seat
Ok – I’m going to pass out now.

3 Comments on “fighting jet lag via blogging”

  1. 1 Sameer Vasta said at 9:59 am on February 4th, 2011:

    At Timothy’s this morning, the lady behind the counter asked where “oatmeal guy” was. We informed her that you were on vacation. She sends her regards.

    Also, Oatmeal Guy is a pretty awesome nickname.

    Rest up, Oatmeal Guy. Looking forward to hearing more about your adventures.

  2. 2 Jeff McCartney said at 11:11 am on February 4th, 2011:

    I can verify the ‘oatmeal guy’ query, Oatmeal Guy. Not to be confused with The Oatmeal, who is a completely different oatmeal guy. Enjoy your dive trip, I hope the seas aren’t too rough. Jetlag + seasicky-ness != fun.

  3. 3 Andrea said at 1:37 pm on February 4th, 2011:

    If I could I’d “*like*” Sameer’s comment. Re. jet lag: I agree with no napping and forcing yourself to be awake when it’s light out, sleep when it’s dark. Melatonin helps too. Seat upgrades are nice, regardless of flight length.

    Looking forward to more updates, Oatmeal Guy.

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