The Sin of Jet Lag Pride

I had a fool-proof yet self-destructive method for surviving radical time zone changes. Here’s how it goes:

  1. Don’t sleep on the plane. Not because I don’t want to, but because I can’t.
  2. Stay up until a reasonable bedtime hour in the destination city, eat a light dinner, take Tylenol PM and go to sleep.
  3. Second night, more Tylenol PM
  4. Repeat until returning home.\
    I broke the pattern and didn’t take anything last night, which meant I didn’t sleep. There are few things as painful as arguing about punctuation in CSS for twelve hours on no sleep.
Categorized as travel

By Kevin Lawver

Web developer, Software Engineer @ Gusto, Co-founder @ TechSAV, husband, father, aspiring social capitalist and troublemaker.


  1. If you skipped sleeping on the plane, how come you just can’t sleep at night at the hotel without the PM med?
    Will you be taking one tonight? Should I not stay up expecting you to be online?

  2. Oh, I’m definitely taking one tonight. Even after an afternoon nap, I’m still beat. I’m going to bed early tonight.

  3. A little tip for ya, if I may. Instead of Tylenol PM, go to CVS/Rite Aid/etc., and buy their store-brand benadryl. It’s the EXACT same drug as the “PM” component of Tylenol, and much much cheaper. Plus, why take ibuprofen if you don’t need it? If all you’re after is the “knock-me-out”, then benadryl’s the way to go.

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