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This Is How IAG’s Willie Walsh Beats Jet Lag

This Is How IAG’s Willie Walsh Beats Jet Lag
Jackie Reddy

Forget drinking lots of water or resetting a watch; for IAG CEO Willie Walsh, a couple of glasses of red wine are the surest way to beat jet lag. While the World Health Organization (WHO) advises that alcohol can make jet lag worse, Walsh says that he drinks more red wine based on a doctor’s input.

Forget staying hydrated or resetting a wristwatch – for Willie Walsh, the CEO of International Airlines Group (IAG), only red wine helps ease the long, sleepy slog that is jet lag, reports The Sun.

According to the outlet, Walsh – who is head of the parent company which owns British Airways (BA), Iberia and Aer Lingus – was once told by a doctor to increase his red wine intake. Walsh’s approach to mitigating the effects of jet lag appears to contradict the advice of the World Health Organization (WHO) on the subject.

According to the WHO, “Alcohol increases urine output, with the result that sleep may be disturbed by the need to urinate. While it can accelerate the onset of sleep, alcohol impairs the quality of sleep, making it less restful. The after-effects of excessive consumption of alcohol (“hangover”) can exacerbate the effects of jet lag and travel fatigue.”

“Alcohol should therefore be consumed in moderation, if at all, before and during the flight,” it adds.

But for Walsh, there’s no better way to get over jet lag than red wine. “A couple of glasses helps you to sleep. Red wine is the cure for everything!” he said.

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  1. gotinfluence

    October 18, 2019 at 7:21 am

    News from The Sun. Aren’t they the ones that captured The Bat Boy?

  2. zarkov505

    October 18, 2019 at 7:45 am

    About 15 years ago, I attended an introductory hypnosis seminar, in Bangkok, Thailand.

    After it was over, while sitting on the ramp, waiting to taxi out, I reflected on some things the instructors said, and decided to conduct an experiment.

    My internal clock is now tied to my wristwatch. When I reset my watch, I reset my internal clock. I have not had jet lag since.

    This does require me to wear a wristwatch that must be manually reset, as opposed to using a cellphone or a GPS-time-enabled wristwatch. It does carry the risk that IRROPS that get me in during local morning, rather than late local night will leave me wide awake, because, despite physical exhaustion, my internal clock is saying “It is MORNING! Time to get UP!” I can live with these little issues.

    It also helps with Daylight Savings Time, obviously.

  3. Circusplaza

    October 22, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    this guy is Briton, I normally see them drinking wine no matter the time, in the lounge… what do you expect?

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