21 February 2012

It Works

Michael Childers’ The Hockney Swimmer (1978)

LONDON: This time I promised myself to be prepared against jetlag when I fly back home from New York to London. When flying east (say from New York to London) you should eat a handful of dried cherries (which have even greater levels of melatonin than fresh cherries) 30 minutes before trying to sleep. Once at your destination, you should eat a handful of cherries 30 minutes before going to bed every night for the same number of nights as the time change. (For a five-hour time difference, eat cherries for five consecutive nights.) When heading west, follow the same regimen, only eat your cherries the night before departure.
So instead of pretzels, long-haul flight attendants might want to consider handing out bags of dried cherries to passengers. According to Dr. Russel Reiter, a nutrition researcher and one of the world’s authorities on melatonin, cherries might indeed help fight jetlag. They contain melatonin, which is then absorbed into the blood stream influencing your biological clock, he said. And he is right. I just arrived in Heathrow, bright and awake.



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