Norway: The Summary, & How To Hack Jet Lag

I’m back in the Bay Area now. And wow, do I miss Norway!  I can’t even begin to tell you how nice it was to be with my friends and family on my family’s farm on Vega. My Norwegian island sanctuary has actually been listed as one of 8 “under the radar islands” in National Geographic. Not surprising considering that around every twist and turn is a breath-taking view. I love it there.

Because I’ve moved around so much, Vega has actually been the most consistent home in my life. I had that realization this summer, and became profoundly aware of the importance of both my family’s farm house and that island to me. In fact, I wrote a poem about it while I was there:

Vega

My summer haven, my retreat,
Where my heart and mind meet,
On the lands of my bloodline
Where the midnight sun emits the divine.

There is peace in the air
That allows the soul to bare
As it soaks in the ocean’s caress
Which washes away the body’s duress.

And the mountains stand tall
As they wordlessly call
The spirit to fly
Through the clouds in the sky.

Vega, my island paradise
Filled with memories of my youthful vice,
Of the times when I was curious and wild
In that time not quite an adult, no longer a child.

But this island is filled with lessons too,
Carried by the winds on which my childhood dreams flew.
They beckon me to open my eyes,
To see the world and to be wise.

The boat harbor at Ingerøy.
The boat harbor at Ingerøy.
ferry ride
A view of the land, sea, and sky from the ferry boat.
midnight sunset
A midnight sunset from my family’s farm.
farm work
Painting Gammel Stue (the “old livingroom”) on the farm.
view from Viksås
My mom and I went on a bike ride to Viksås, where you have a great view of Gulsvågfjellet and Søla.
Søla during sunset
The view of Søla during sunset.
Rorbuer and boats
Down by the water, rorbuer (fisherman’s huts) line the ocean and provide a unique view of the islands.
hiking Forminnestien
My family and I hiked Fornminnestien (the Stone Age hike) where we saw beautiful views of mountains and clouds.

My time on Vega was incredibly rejuvenating for many reasons, one of which was it’s lack of reliable wifi. I got a much-needed 2 week break from technology. Hence why I wasn’t really writing as much. But I’m back in the Bay and settling into my normal rhythm.

Top Tips To Hack Jet Lag

Crossing 9 time zones takes its toll, and jet lag was probably the biggest hindrance to getting back into my normal routine. My first night back in California, I fell asleep at 7:30pm and woke up at 2:45am. Not quite ideal. But day-by-day, I reestablished my usual sleep cycle and body clock.

  1. Natural Light. Spending time outside and getting natural light helps to reset the body’s circadian rhythm.
  2. Get “Anchor Sleep”. Anchor sleep is sleep during the local night. You want to be sure to get at least 4 hours of uninterrupted night time sleep to help your body adapt to the new time zone.
  3. Exercise. Getting back into your normal exercise habits helps decrease stress and also get you back into your normal routine. It can help you go to sleep at a normal time as well.
  4. Diet. Eating a balance of fats, carbs, and proteins and your normal meal times helps you get back on your usual schedule.
  5. Limit caffeine and alcohol. Even if you didn’t get as much sleep as usual and you’re tired in the afternoon, take a nap instead of drinking coffee. Caffeine can interrupt your sleep. Alcohol also affects sleep quality. Instead, stay hydrated by drinking adequate amounts of water.

It’s good to be back!

Skål!
(“cheers” in Norwegian)