As far as returning to normalcy is concerned, some hormones like – but not limited to – Melatonin (the sleep regulator hormone) and Cortisol (the stress hormone) follow the natural circadian cycle. As such, they have a role, indeed not a marginal one, in keeping the body’s internal clock synchronized. The cognitive effects of de-synchronization may include reduced performance, altered mood, reduced motivation, and irritable behavior. Anxiety, irritability and depression, defective memory, longer reaction times, precision errors have also been observed.
So, what should interpreters and clients do? This is a short list of suggestions:
1. contract your rest with the client, including pay for non-working days
2. adopt solutions to limit or eliminate jet lag effects, including, but not limited to:
- rest before travel
- stay hydrated
- avoid alcohol and caffeine
- don’t remain seated for long time without exercise
- bask in natural light
If you want to know more, just download the 19-page e-book I have written on this subject and let me know what you think!