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Jet Lag

Jet Lag

Date: Jul 17 2009

Themes: Health, Travel

Grammar: Be Able To

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Over the last 100 years, new technology has made it faster, easier, and far more common for people to travel internationally. But one challenge that technology still hasn’t overcome is jet lag.

Most people experience jet lag when they travel long distances and cross into a different timezone. Being jet lagged is basically like having the clock inside your body set to the wrong time. Symptoms usually include fatigue, trouble sleeping, and feeling generally out of sync.

Jet lag can put a damper on a fun trip, but some people find creative ways to deal with it. If you can’t sleep and you’re in a cool new city, you might as well go out and party, right?

Listen to Jason and Marni talk about their experiences with jet lag.

Dialog

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Marni

Marni

Jason

Jason

Marni:  Oh God, I just got off a plane, I was on a plane for three hours flying back from Los Angeles. I just feel so jet lagged.

Jason:  Los Angeles, that’s the same timezone that we’re already in.

Marni:  It does not matter. I could swear, I can be in a plane for like an hour…It must be something about the pressurization of the cabin. I get so jet lagged, I’m just tired…

Jason:  For me it’s not so bad as long as I’m going the right direction. Like if I leave in the daytime and sort of fly with the sun across the ocean, then it just seems like a really long day.

Marni:  Are you able to sleep?

Jason:  Yeah. I’ll be able to sleep and my schedule won’t be thrown off. But going the other way, I end up totally wired at like three in the morning. It’ll be three in the morning and I’ll feel like my body’s like, “Time to get up now!”

Marni:  Right. You know what always throws me is like if you’re flying internationally you get like multiple meals on a plane, it just seems so weird, like you ate dinner and then the next thing you know you’re having breakfast.

Jason:  Yeah, it’s only like two hours later.

Marni:  Yeah, and you’re not hungry at all. Oh man.

Jason:  It is a small price to pay to like travel around the world, which used to take months and horses and ships and what have you.

Marni:  It’s true. I can handle a few days of jet lag to be in an amazing place, so it’s worth it. But wow, I don’t like the feeling.

 

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Discussion

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Marni feels jet lagged after flying home from LA, even though it was only a three hour flight and she didn’t have to leave her timezone. Jason is surprised, but Marni says that she always feels tired and out of sync after she flies.

Jason only experiences jet lag when he flies long distances in a certain direction. Some people find that it’s easier to stay up late than to get up early, so they have an easier time flying from west to east.

People try to get over jet lag in different ways. Some take pills to help them sleep normally, or drink lots of coffee so they won’t feel exhausted. But it can still take several days to adjust to being in a different time zone.

Have you ever experienced jet lag? How did you deal with it?

 

Comments

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deepak88

India

Wonderfully discribed by u guys ! I'm so keen to go abroad in plane now !

07:05 AM Oct 22 2009 |

DaeNg

DaeNg

Thailand

I will be able to make something tomorrow.

12:22 PM Oct 21 2009 |

1 person likes this

DaeNg

DaeNg

Thailand

I ever went to aboard and  was jet lag.

12:15 PM Oct 21 2009 |

1 person likes this

egyptophile

Egypt

The quiz is very heplful, without it I won't be able to test my comprehension skill.

01:08 AM Jul 21 2009 |

egyptophile

Egypt

We have a saying in Arabic " Travel has seven advantages "

12:59 AM Jul 21 2009 |

1 person likes this

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

I think to be a “jet lag” effect,the trip has to be pretty long,for ex,from Brazil to Japan or Australia ;)

11:58 PM Jul 20 2009 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

I never traveled long distances to experience a "jet lag" effect or be out of sync…In fact,I have never traveled out of Brazil,but I go…soon ;)

11:55 PM Jul 20 2009 |

1 person likes this

ladybeth

ladybeth

Philippines

I always experience having jet lag everytime i go on vacation but i see to it that I am always in sync, just to please everyone.

07:13 PM Jul 20 2009 |

1 person likes this

freewilly87

Germany

I never felt jet lagged although I flew more than 9 hours for three years.

By the way I love to fly and I really like the atmosphere at the airport

01:52 PM Jul 20 2009 |

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s id

Saudi Arabia

hello
sid

01:17 AM Jul 20 2009 |

s id

Saudi Arabia

  i have traveled many time. it really get me jet lagged

01:11 AM Jul 20 2009 |

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mayar20

mayar20

Israel

i never experence flying-wish to have it one day(my wif commint)

09:51 PM Jul 19 2009 |

xebat6565

Turkey

hi.

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Meil, address:

We can speak messenger

09:11 PM Jul 19 2009 |

green greener

United Arab Emirates

I haven't travelled by plane; I only travelled by car to nearby country. I only remembered that I felt jet lag one time in our way back to our country, I felt nausea and then vomited. Travelling by car is exciting, but it takes many hours, more than one day. You'll feel pain in your legs especially if you'll not get a place in car to pull out and relax your legs. Also, when you stop at rest areas, there is lack of supplies and the toilet is so dirty.  

06:53 PM Jul 19 2009 |

vanhelsing_ou

China

把,自己卖给澳洲,谁能卖下我,我愿意,为他 她 工作两年,并且偿还所借的债务,真实

03:12 PM Jul 19 2009 |

kaseem

kaseem

Syrian Arab Republic

I don't know the feeling of flaying by a plane because I am never traveled by a plane.

but I hope I try one.

02:52 PM Jul 19 2009 |

sayila3500

sayila3500

Turkey

I not  likes to travel with the aircraft. Hate. I always push to do legs.

02:36 PM Jul 19 2009 |

iman82

iman82

Palestinian Territory, Occupied

some countries have never airport  so you not able to travel by plane, i live in one of among of them, palestinian (Gaza) is realy haven`t airport, so you can imagine how u feel when you travel long distance by car you will get so so jet lag and feeling need more and more sleep

12:04 PM Jul 19 2009 |

luosijie203

Taiwan

I never go to the place is not the same timezone to my hometown, so I never have that problem. But I think it a little problem, not big one. After having a rest and adjusting the clock of your body, you'll feel okey and become normal.

11:43 AM Jul 19 2009 |

sunsunshine

China

it is a very beautful dialog.jet lag is common,but it can disturb the colock of body and make our life get black .

05:13 AM Jul 19 2009 |

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