Jet lag is well-named. And we all know why.
You can fly across a continent in hours. And leave your circadian clock behind. Especially flying east to west. For some people, it takes days to catch up.
Trans-Atlantic cruises are not fast. But passengers face a similar problem. The time in The Azores is nine hours different than the time in New Orleans.
Rather than save up the time change until we dock in Ponta Delgada, the ship takes advantage of an interesting coincidence. The ship traverses approximately one time zone each day.
So, each day at noon, we lose an hour. The clock jumps from 11:59 AM to 1:00 PM. It is almost like switching to daylight saving time nine days in a row.
And the results are about that mixed. People who get groggy with the spring jump forward get really groggy with nine doses. (I can hear a certain blogger with children sighing right now.)
And then there are the people who stay up until the wee hours with multiple drinks in their hands who blame the time changes on their lack of focus.
I fall in the grateful camp. The noon change seems to be a clever way of dealing with an old problem. I will admit that the time changes have left me a little tired.
It certainly has thrown off my appetite clock. And not to my benefit. Pizza at 2 in the morning seems to be as predictable as speedos on Europeans in their 70s.
And I had best make the time changes my friend. I will have plenty more before we get to Dubai.