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How to deal with jet lag

Chloe Wang
Some Webbies need to travel to different countries during breaks or personal leaves. Tina Wang (‘24), posing in a sleeping position, went back to China to celebrate Lunar New Year during February break. “Going straight back to school after travelling has always been a challenging process for me,” Tina said. Webbies can learn some strategies to cope with such issues.

If you are a traveler, an international student, or someone needing to catch an international flight, you may find yourself encountering a daunting challenge — a phenomenon called jet lag where days and nights are switched around, leaving you with sleep deprivation, exhaustion, and a whole new country that you need to swiftly adapt to.  

Naturally, you want to alleviate your symptoms as fast as possible. 

“Usually, people take around an hour a day to regress, up to about five or seven days,” said Eric Vos, Health Center Director, who often discusses jet lag topics with international students during counseling.  

To shorten the recovery period, there are a few things you can try. First, preparing for the time shift before your flight is helpful for when you land.  

“People in my family would do time shifting pretty often,” Mr. Vos said. “Sleeping earlier or later based on your destination’s time zone a few days earlier may result in a better locking of the biological clock.” 

There are also natural supplements like Vitamin B12 that could help your body adjust to the time zone differences by supporting sleep duration and regulating sleep-wake cycles.  

“I actually take those [supplements], and they work really well for me,” Mr. Vos said. “Take one on the plane every two hours, and when you get there, you feel less effects.” 

Upon arrival, always be sure to give yourself grace. Even if you are at 6 a.m. biological time and push through until nighttime, it will still take a few days for your biological clock to fully adjust. Therefore, you should take small naps, stay hydrated, and avoid rigorous exercise to ensure feeling as good as you can.  

“Once you get [to Webb], you can get some melatonin from the health center,” Mr. Vos said. “You can drink certain types of tea or milk that help slow down the nervous system.” 

Sleeplessness and jet lag will slowly but surely disappear as the sun rises and sets, but it’s always nice to promptly be back on track.

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Chloe Wang
Chloe Wang, Social Media Manager
Upon meeting Chloe Wang ('24), her laid-back personality reveals itself. Besides spending a relaxing summer back home in China, Chloe also ventured into the Inner Mongolia, casually unwinding on a camel's back while she rode through the desert and grasslands. As she returns to Webb, Chloe continues to express her carefree nature when hanging out with her friends at the Claremont Village, playing video games, experimenting with makeup, and watching anime. Chloe seeks to expand and learn more about her own culture, especially when she is away from home, and especially while she is experiencing new and different ways of life, such as living at a boarding school in a different country. Chloe has the quiet strength of immersing herself in her own world and is focused on improving her journalistic skills and her knack for innovation. As the Webb Canyon Chronicle’s Social Media Manager, Chloe hopes to increase the readership for the website by promoting the WCC on social media. Cross paths with Chloe Wang on campus, and her dynamic personality is impossible to miss.  Song: Melody – 陶喆 

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