Friday, April 10, 2009

Jetlag as a medical disorder.

Over at Mind Hacks on Tuesday there was a piece concerning the push from pharmaceutical companies to classify jetlag as a medical disorder. The better to sell their miraculous remedies, ‘natch.
Now, my readers can probably tell I take a dim view of solving problems with pills, even health problems if they’re little ones going away on their own anyway. But this, gee, I gotta make this work for me. Every time I take a 2-week vacation in the States, or go there for a conference, now I’ll be able to put in for sick time to get over the pain of returning!
It’s a golden idea!It must be said, the 9-hour difference between the West Coast and France isn’t too onerous going west - you just stay up late and sleep late and that’s it. But coming back is hell. I walk around groggy for a week. And I know that sunlight is the best thing for resetting your internal clock, maybe a little melatonin to get the sleep schedule back on, but it still takes a while. The French are insane with taking this leave and that leave, and I bet an official medical disorder would get me two-three days of kicking around the garden!


Barry said...

There is a golden lining hidden away somewhere.

If the pharmaceutical companies don't grab all the gold first! :)

Midlife, menopause, mistakes and random stuff... said...

I always love to read your blog but I'm just not the best commenter always. I've been behind lately.
Barry says you're joining our "Friday Shoot-Outs" and we're super excited about that!! YAY!!!
The only rule is.....there are NO RULES which is the fun of it all. Each week there is a subject and we all just shoot around our town considering the theme.
The whole point is to see your town through your eyes.
Again, I'm so thrilled that you're joining our little posse and welcome aboard.
Next week's subject is:
Wow, your's is going to be interesting Science Girl.
Have a blessed Easter and.....

Steady On
Reggie Girl

sciencegirl said...

Hey Reggie, thanks for stopping by! I'm excited about the Friday Shoot-Outs. I'm going straight out to shoot up my neighborhood.

Steady on!

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Wendy said...

I was doing some extended traveling by plane once and a friend told me I should try the melatonin trick. That would be one of the poorer choices I've made.

When I fell asleep I felt like I had become in an Oliver Stone movie that I couldn't wake up from -- complete with blurry camera pans, conspiracies and all sorts of drug-induced nonsense.

I think I already make enough melatonin. Apparently.

I like the idea of leave, though. Maybe I should move to France.

Wendy said...

I think a nice touch for your blog would be to have everyone's comments automatically translated into French so we'd sound way cooler. :)

Sure, most of us couldn't read the comments, but hey... we'd sound sexy and there's something to be said for that, right?

sciencegirl said...

I've never tried the melatonin thing. Jetlag will pass; you just have to wait.