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Old 08-09-2015, 06:19 PM
 
Location: Northern Ireland and temporarily England
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Just spent an amazing two weeks in the US. Took a dayflight today and I have arrived back into Dublin now at 6pm EST, it's now 8:18pm est and obviously I can't sleep.

The time difference is 5 hours ahead. What do you think of my strategy?

Stay on US time for next day or two too tired. Then adjust an hour each day?

Would love some advice, don't think i'll sleep for a while tonight.
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Old 08-09-2015, 06:26 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Traveling eastbound is the rougher direction.

get FULL onto your current time zone asap.

Just stay up all night (or most of it if necessary)... sleep is not a great way to spend your time anyway, just get something done you have been dreading (taxes / book keeping / bills / cleaning project / repair.

I frequently travel 1/2 way round the world for work. When I do eastbound, I get as much sleep as possible on the plane. I leave Asia at 8AM and get to USA at 9 AM the same day. I go to work and stay up till 10pm, THEN the next day I am back on my regular schedule. (I power nap if necessary). SHORT naps, (<30 min) never in bed.
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Old 08-10-2015, 04:27 AM
 
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Just out bed now. Absolutely exhausted but still feel better than with a night flight. I think i'll nap for two hours later.

Then tomorrow i'll get up an hour early.
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Old 08-10-2015, 11:05 AM
 
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I have an easier time going east. I have dinner, a couple glasses of wine, and then sleep for 5-7 hours on the overnight flight. Westbound is much more difficult for me, as it takes me a few days of forcing myself to stay up later and still my internal body clock wants to wake up at 6:30 eastern time. If I'm only going for a long weekend I don't bother fighting it.
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Old 08-12-2015, 05:48 AM
 
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I feel worse today than at any point. Didn't get to sleep until 12am est and only out of bed now.

Feeling awful and exhausted. People say it is easy to fight jetlag but you really have to fight it with my experience. I've been told though that the second day is the worst so I will reserve judgement for the next few days.
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Old 08-12-2015, 08:39 AM
 
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That's your problem. Even if you can't sleep, get up at a normal time, get through the day, and get to bed around 9:00 pm. That will put you on the right schedule immediately.
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Old 08-12-2015, 01:19 PM
 
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Yeah.. Slept in way too late today.
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Old 08-12-2015, 04:27 PM
 
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Ambien.

Just don't do the extended release, and only use it for a day or two.

You can also try the Tylenol PM or just plain old benadryl. They'll help you fall asleep, which is always my problem. If I can get to sleep, i'm fine.
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Old 08-12-2015, 09:42 PM
 
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Today is definitely worse. I am tossing and turning. I haven't slept and can't get to sleep tonight.
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Old 08-13-2015, 02:15 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Today is definitely worse. I am tossing and turning. I haven't slept and can't get to sleep tonight.
not to worry... lost sleep supposedly comes off the tail end of life, so... enjoy and live on little sleep for today! Last week I had a painful injury and changed 3 time zones and went 4 days w/o sleeping. This week I am back to my normal 4 hrs/day sleep, but only able to get it in <1hr short naps during the day.

I am usually on a 12 - 18 hr time zone shift, so more confused than tired!

(retirement is coming (again, & for the 4th time...)
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