Russian recipe for jet lag
By octav on Feb 11, 2007
I recently came back from a business trip to Prague and St. Petersburg. As always such trips are extremely productive as well as tiring. The latter aspect is also due to the jet lag effect. I spent the last, late night in St Petersburg with the "crew", first at dinner, then later in the hotel lobby for a deep dive in the strategy and that's where I learned about the Russian recipe against jet lag.
In a nutshell, the recipe calls for no sleep & plenty of hydration the night before your flight
That evening, we spent way too much time strategizing and I was left with the option to go to bed for an hour or just stay awake until Jeet and I had to get in a taxi for the Pulkova airport. The time was right to test the recommendation of my distinguished Russian colleagues.
What happened next is easy to imagine. We arrived at the (frozen) airport at about 4:30 AM and the border patrol lady officer had a hard time matching me to the picture in the passport. No surprise here: the tired guy in front of her had little resemblance to the passport picture. Knowing that there was some seating area in the terminal she felt sorry for me and let me go. Next was the leg to Frankfurt part of the trip. Jeet and I talked (I was quie annimated in spite of the sleep depravation) the whole flight and I had no sleep. I was reaching the point of no return
I am getting to the good part ... In Frankfurt I was engaged in a futile exercise to upgrade myself. I begged, offered to use miles, my first born, etc. Nope. I love Lufthansa (Note to self, lookup customer service in wikipedia and make sure Lufthansa is referenced there). To my delight I was seated on row 42 J. Folks this seat is a middle seat ... between two healthy Germans. Between the three of us we could have been backup lineman in the NFL. Now this is what I call cozy.
From this point on I can't tell you much (I slept the rest of the way, like a baby in his mother's arms) other than the fact that the recipe works. I slept all the way to San Francisco and had no jet lag the following week.
I want thank Sergey, Shura and Alexei for their wisdom and foresite. I'll likely use this recipe in my future trips