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Jet Lag
August 11, 2000

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A recurring problem for frequent travelers is jet lag. For this week's Traveler's Aid segment, we're taking a look at the problem and finding some solutions.

Of course, most everyone knows the age old advice: once you have a trip planned, start adjusting to your new time zone before you leave. Go to bed earlier, or later. Drink lots of water and avoid alcohol and caffeine while traveling. Some newer theories stress the importance of sunlight. The sun helps you adjust to your new time zone naturally. And if you need to take a nap, keep it short. Under an hour.

That's all good advice. But is there any way to really beat jet lag? I decided to ask a guy who travels a lot. Bob Einhorn is the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for The Bureau of Non-Proliferation, which means he crisscrosses the globe making sure the world's most dangerous weapons aren't getting spread around. Obviously, it's important for Bob to stay sharp. I asked Bob where his job takes him.

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