Jet lag is the bane of the modern, long-haul traveller and can blight even the most exotic and exciting of adventures abroad. In spite of following all those well-worn rules (adjust your body to the new time zone a few days before travelling, drink plenty of water during the flight, wear comfy clothes, take a long walk in the daylight if you reach your destination during waking hours), I still suffer badly; my in-laws in Australia know that I will pass out before dinner every night during my first week in the country.
So I was delighted to read that scientists have discovered that by shining a light via a laser through our eyes, and into the area of the brain called the suprachiasmatic nucleus, they can reset our internal body clock, bypassing jet lag altogether. Whoo-hoo! Of course, this technique won’t be finessed enough before my next long-haul journey – watch out Bangkok and Hong Kong, I’m coming your way! – so I will be relying on some trusty old favourites to help me. My Aromatherapy Associates travel oils, Deep Relax and Revive, have seen me through business dinners and morning meetings, respectively, without any major misdemeanours; while my de Mamiel Altitude Oil keeps any germs at bay. These, along with a cashmere blanket, eye mask and compression socks, will suffice until the masters of optogenetics are ready with that laser!
Zoë Manzi, Editor, MO magazine, The Condé Nast Publications
Main photograph: Mandarin Oriental's celebrity Fans in transit. From left: Morgan Freeman, Dame Helen Mirren, Liam Neeson and Jerry Hall