If you’ve been lucky enough to travel overseas either for work or play, then you might be familiar with that slightly out-of-sorts feeling called JET LAG. Similar to the feeling of waking from a very deep sleep, it can be more than discombobulating for some, even if all you have to do is laze around next to a pool with a good book.
Now – think of that feeling and then consider how you might feel knowing you have to perform in front of thousands of excited people, after a 14 hour flight!
We were keen to find out any tips Paul might have for avoiding jetlag, after Oliver sent in his question, below:
Oliver asks, “With all the touring and travelling you do, you must be an expert in dealing with the consequences of flying long distances. What’s your advice to avoid jetlag?”
PM: “Thank you for your question, Oliver. Yeah, it’s true I’ve done it a lot so I have ways to hopefully avoid it. If I’m flying from the UK to America for instance, I try and stay up. I don’t sleep on the plane. Instead, I try and watch about three movies between here and New York and I may sort of doze a little bit, but I force myself to stay awake so that when I get to somewhere like New York, I can then pretend that it’s early evening - even though in my body it’s probably one in the morning! So, I just stay up! You know, watch movies, get there, and have a normal evening – go to dinner, etc. So by the time I go to bed that night, I am well and truly knackered, and I sleep like a log.”
PaulMcCartney.com: “So you don’t do that, ‘Oh, it’s this time at home’ thing, and keep an eye on both time zones?”
PM: “No, I just try and swap to the new time zone straight away. But for that I do try and stay awake. And then coming back I try and take a night flight so I can actually sleep. The longer the journey coming back - coming from west to east - the better. When it’s just six hours as it is from New York to London, it’s not really enough because by the time you sort of get yourself ready you’ve only got about four hours. But yeah, I just go with the flow and you know the next day I’m normally a little bit dazed. I try not to have anything very important on the next day so I can just try to enjoy the dazed feeling!”
Very good advice, we’re sure you’ll agree! Before he had to go, Paul very kindly answered a second question that we have been simply dying to ask him!
PM.com: “What would be a good theme song for your life?”
PM: “The Long and Winding Road.”
PM.com: “Okay, I think you can just mic-drop that and walk out!”
PM: *Drops mic*
And on that note, we’re off too! See you next month for another exclusive Q&A with Paul.
Let us know what song you would choose to be the theme tune for your life in the comments below…