I landed in Barcelona, Spain on Thursday and I was sure that jet lag would get the better of me. But I managed to stave off any effect from my flight and the changing of timezones. I made sure that I remained relaxed during the flight – while staying away from much alcohol. I flew out from Columbus, Ohio at 8 AM and didn’t land in Barcelona until the following morning at 7 AM local time, after a brief layover in Chicago. I then proceeded to stay awake for the entire day with only one hour of sleep on the plane. I somehow managed to amp myself up to last throughout the day – I made sure to eat and sleep and continue my normal daily regimen as if nothing had changed. I walked around the city and kept myself busy, until it was time to crash at the hostel later that night – I ended up staying active for over 34 hours. I feel like it’s rather incredible that I was accustomed to my new timezone already by day two. I suppose if you can manage to keep yourself awake and continue ‘business’ as usual, then you can trick your body and sort of skip the lasting effects of jet lag.
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