Social Jet Lag

“…The disconnect between our internal, biological time and social time — defined by our work schedules and social engagements — leads to what Roenneberg calls social jet lag, a kind of chronic exhaustion resembling the symptoms of jet lag and comparable to having to work for a company a few time zones to the east of your home.” — Maria Popova,

  7 comments for “Social Jet Lag

  1. Al Stacer
    January 7, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Good piece. Sort of a time piece…about a lack of peace caused by social jetlag. Thought provoking.


  2. January 7, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    I know all about this – we work at home and deal with many global time zones and it’s not unusual for people to call for business as early as 7 in the morning or 11 at night (both of which are just downright rude and many have been warned it won’t be tolerated), add to that various virtual related activities and we found a while ago that we had to really get a handle on “social jet lag”. Not only did we have to get ourselves in order but we had to read the riot act and educate others as well – Call us selfish but it’s really just self-preservation…


    • January 7, 2013 at 8:56 AM

      Boundaries are important, I am glad that you have found a way to educate your clients.

      I deal with this issue from the stand-point of working rotating shifts, afternoons to days to nights. We are a 24-hour shop and change shifts every week. Some shifts are like walking in chest-deep water.


      • January 7, 2013 at 9:46 AM

        I know alot of people who suffer from burn-out from this kind of work schedule – is a longer rotation better?


      • January 7, 2013 at 9:54 AM

        My Sleep Dr. at Stanford says that a 12 week cycle/shift is better, but we don’t have enough people in the Electric Shop to cover the at-work/off-work/vacation-time/sick-time cycle for each of 3 shifts. We have a bare minimum of staff and make-do.


      • January 7, 2013 at 11:29 AM

        You’d think that with the number of people who are out of work and the number of young kids looking to apprentice at jobs that employers and the government would wake up and do something to protect/keep the skilled work force already in place – it never ceases to amaze me… same story up here.


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