I’ve flown quite a bit. I know my levels of jet lag and, truly, I hate how jet lag cramps my desire to explore (well, as the children will attest, it doesn’t cramp my desire I just fight mightly with that irksome need to sleep). Air New Zealand has nailed that problem. The departure in Los Angeles (9:45) to the arrival 12 hours later (5:30 am) is an absolute dream for me and Little G.
Our seats are across the aisle from one another so it’s just that much more difficult to wake me up if he can’t sleep and thanks to wonderful Dr. Larry Kagan at Westside Pediatrics I learned of all of the benefits, true medical benefits (helps in equalization of the ears, opens up nasal passages, and makes a kid sleepy), of a snuff of Benadryl for kids. I, of course, think 3mg of Lunesta takes the edge off any neighborly snoring or other bodily expulsions for the adult passenger.
After take-off, BB, Little P, Little G and I readied ourselves for beds. The seats, like transformers, flipped over and formed a bed on which a mattress pad and quilt was placed. A shot of Benadryl, a Lunesta, and we were all asleep within 30 minutes of take off. Despite, the New Zealanders (I do believe that we were the only Americans on this flight) having a 3 course meal. I heard nothing.
In the end, I believe I logged a solid nine hours of sleep. NINE HOURS! Oh watch out Auckland, I, in fact have had too much sleep and just like too much caffeine, it is not a good thing. And if the flight crew is any example of how amazingly friendly Kiwi’s are we are going to be having many grand adventures indeed.