Jet Lag

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Ok, so how long does jet lag last? I’ve been going to bed at 9pm or at the max 10 from being soooo sleepy and then wake up at 4am. By the time 7am comes around, when I should be getting up… I’m exhausted already. Weird eh. If I remember correctly… it takes about a week.

This week is extremely busy, getting back into the stream of parish activity. One of the advantages of being in a dynamic parish is that there are lots of people involved who are active and keep things moving. This means that when you’re away and come back, you start the week running!

I’m looking forward to our Parish Appreciation Dinner this Friday. It’s been many years since we’ve had one, but felt it was a good idea to say thanks to all those who make this a great faith community. The committee that has planned the event tell me that some parishioners were surprised by the event and others have not felt “worthy” of thanks, in that they don’t do that much. Well, all are welcome and everyone’s contribution is appreciated. Perhaps this “thank you” will stimulate those who can to do even more!


  1. Try melatonin for a few nights to get a good night’s sleep. You can get it at Shopper’s Drug Mart and it’s fairly cheap. It will help to reset your clock. Take it before bed but don’t take another one if you wake up at 4 or you’ll be really groggy.
    It is a natural substance and my dh and I have taken it for years.
    Also try not to eat too heavily for a while.

  2. I agree with dharanlei … but lime tea is good too (with no lactose intolerance).

    Patience is also right … eat at least 2 hours before going to bed.

    One other thing I have discovered is ‘NoctiGem’ (Gemmo therapy) … Tree buds macerated in alcohol (Fig tree and Linden tree buds – all bio). My daughter has been taking 15 drops 30 minutes before going to bed. A real success!

  3. The Complex for Better Sleep

    Helps improve the ability to fall asleep, as well as enhancing the quality of your sleep due to the combination of two buds: that of the Linden tree, which possesses the calming properties of the flower, as well as the cleansing function of the underside of the bark (sapwood); together with that of the Fig which has profound effect on the nervous system as a whole. Noctigem is particularly recommended for children.

    Active components :

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    Active ingredients: linden tree and fig buds.

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  4. Dear Fr. Rick,

    The best advice I can give you to fight jet-lag is something I learned through a method developed and then taken further, originally called the Silva Mind control method. Jose Silva was the creator of this, not because he wanted to be famous for. He did it for his children, so they could have the best way to study.

    It probably sounds a bit weird, but it does work. The chief aim of this method is to calm the mind. That comes naturally to type B’s, like I am, but not easy to type A’s. It is said that we use perhaps 10% of the brains capacity, and this is what Jose Silva wanted to boost in his children. If I remember correctly, he had thirteen of them.

    There are many othe uses for this, such as waking up without an alarm clock, remembering lists, and correcting jet lag. Essentially, everyone can tell him, or herself to do anything, like waking up, telling yourself it is this hour, even after you crossed four time zones.

    Jose Silva found out that many other people in the past used imagination to find things, like Einstein, Singer, Von Neumann amongst others. There are three separate brain waves, alpha, beta and theta. Beta is where I am now, it is the now. Alpha, called that way, because it is the strongest measurable wave, is when one is daydreaming, or intentionally focusing. Theta is when one sleeps.

    To get to alpha, one needs to sit comfortably, close the eyes and to watch one’s breathing, without falling asleep. Then when you are relaxed, you can do all those things.

    I used that method when we went to Turkey. You probably remember landing in Paris, after the overnight flight. I felt absolutely normal.

    You don’t need a lot of time to relax. About fifteen minutes is enough, and if you do it right, you’ll feel like you have slept an hour.

    I hope that will help you.

    With my love,


  5. Leslie,

    Thanks for sharing this to Friar Rick. I will copy this method as well. I have been practicing meditation though not everyday because of time constraints and found out very helpful though there are times the process is poor in quality.

    But, I did not know all these terms which you’ve mentioned . As what you’ve described here, we don’t need long period of time if we would do it rightly. It’s a very good practice to enhance our total “well being.” I will try to use this Silva Method. Thanks and take care.

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