Posts Tagged ‘travel tips’

We give people wonderful vacations here at TDI, but let’s face it: a trans-Atlantic flight, a hop on a boat, and touring the very next day? We know it, you know it – that first breakfast is rough when you’re still feeling that soul-delay. (That’s how William Gibson describes jet-lag in his novel Pattern Recognition.)

Well, an experimental drug currently undergoing trials is threatening to neatly reset the body clock, banish jet-lag, and eliminate that excuse, at least, for not traveling with us to the Mediterranean or Africa. Time Magazine reports that:

The drug, tasimelteon, works by mimicking the effects of the naturally occurring hormone melatonin, which has long been identified as the regulator of the body’s sleep and wake patterns. In Phase II and III clinical trials of 450 people who were subjected to simulated jet lag in a sleep laboratory (participants were forced to go to bed at 6 p.m. and wake up at 2 a.m.), a team from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston found that the new drug restored near normal sleep the first night it was used.

Read the rest here.

(Thanks to MyTravelOptimizer!)

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Later this month, Delta Air Lines customers will be able to avoid long security lines at Los Angeles International Airport by enrolling in a national program that provides priority lanes in passenger terminals.

In the first operation of its type at LAX, the Clear fast-pass system — using fingerprint and eye scanners — is designed to identify travelers and get them through Transportation Security Administration checkpoints in a matter of minutes.

“Just to know you can get to the airport at a decent time, go through security and make your flight is something you can’t put a value on,” said Bryan Martinez, 37, of Thousand Oaks, a marketing executive for Amgen Inc. who has used the Clear system for several years at other airports. More from the LA Times here.

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Starving yourself before a long flight may help prevent jet lag, according to U.S. researchers.

Normally, the body’s natural circadian clock in the brain dictates when to wake, eat and sleep, all in response to light. But it seems a second clock takes over when food is scarce, and manipulating this clock might help travelers adjust to new time zones, the researchers said Thursday.

“A period of fasting with no food at all for about 16 hours is enough to engage this new clock,” said Dr. Clifford Saper of Harvard Medical School, whose study appears in the journal Science.

Read more at the International Herald Tribune.

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Hat-tip to National Geographic Traveler‘s excellent Intelligent Travel blog for some great links to make your summer travel plans with TDI go even more smoothly. Chief among them are this site that gives you average wait times at U.S. airports and this site that gives you up-to-the-minute flight delay information.

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