Wedding fatigue


It’s good to be back in England, where there is less excitement about the Royal Wedding… The local newspaper in Brisbane had a special daily feature with a countdown to the wedding and story about the royal couple in every edition.

It’s less good to be back in British summer time when my body clock is still nine hours ahead. I find that one week away is just long enough to start acclimatising to the dislocation of daylight and that it takes another week to adjust back again. So I spend nearly two working weeks with an almost uncontrollable urge to go to sleep in the middle of the afternoon.

Curiously it seems easier to adjust when travelling from east to west, than it does when going the other way. I don’t understand why. The journey takes the same amount of time each way and at the destination the time difference is nine hours (or eleven hours in winter) at both ends. Has anyone got an explanation why it feels less disruptive if you follow the sun (or moon) around the world?


3 Responses to “Wedding fatigue”

  1. 1 Camilla

    My old friend Wikipedia says:

    There seems to be some evidence that for most people, travelling west to east is more disruptive. This may be because most people have a circadian period which is a bit longer than 24 hours, making it easier to stay up later than to get up earlier.

    It may also be that flights to the east are more likely to require people to stay awake more than one full night in order to adjust to the local time zone.

  2. 2 Camilla

    Also I found this, which I think typifies the British view of the Royal Wedding:

    • But we do get an extra holiday… Which, if you are running a business, turns out to be an extra day’s costs without any apparent benefits. 😉

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