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Old 06-10-2014, 02:29 AM
 
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My sleep schedule became the complete opposite of what it needs to be. How to flip in the fastest and healthiest way?
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Old 06-10-2014, 05:56 AM
 
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Fast and healthy are mutually exclusive, unfortunately. You can do it fast by taking sleeping pills when you need to sleep and caffeine jolts when you need to get up. But that's not healthy.

Or, the next time you have 2 days off in a row, use that time to adjust. Melatonin (which isn't really a sleeping pill) can help shift your sleep cycle. I've never taken it, maybe someone else here can explain the process of switching your sleep cycle using this supplement. It definitely works for people who have *specifically* a sleep-cycle issue, that's what it is intended to treat.
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Old 06-10-2014, 03:44 PM
 
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This is what I kind of came up with on my own:

Woke up at 10PM. Stayed up until 7AM. Slept for 5 hours, woke up at 12PM. The plan now is to stay awake until 12AM+ then go to sleep and wake up at 7AM-9AM. So if this works then I effectively completely flipped within 24 hours without sleep deprivation!
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Old 06-11-2014, 09:42 PM
 
Location: Miami/ Washington DC
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It is basically like traveling across the world. If you get one day with very little sleep you will be ok.

I traveled to Hong Kong a few months ago. Hong Kong is 12 hours ahead of Miami. I slept one hour in about 26 hours. I left Friday Afternoon Miami time, landed in Hong Kong Saturday night/Saturday morning Miami time. With only about 1 hour of sleep in a 24-26 hour period falling asleep even with a crazy time change was not difficult. So if you just need to pull a 24 hour up all day thing to get to bed a normal time don't be afraid to do it.

Just don't drive late into that 24hr period.
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Old 06-12-2014, 02:21 AM
 
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I like sleeping for abnormally long hours to get into schedule rather than staying up for abnormally long hours. What's worse for you? Sleep deprivation or oversleeping? I think sleep deprivation is worse.
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Old 06-12-2014, 07:22 AM
 
Location: Miami/ Washington DC
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I like sleeping for abnormally long hours to get into schedule rather than staying up for abnormally long hours. What's worse for you? Sleep deprivation or oversleeping? I think sleep deprivation is worse.
I guess that is all up to personal choice. When traveling for only 9 day in Asia there really is not choice, I can't spend the day sleeping. I agree sleeping more is usual but not sleeping much in 24hours will probably make the shift much quicker.
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Old 06-12-2014, 07:25 AM
 
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Old 06-12-2014, 07:27 AM
 
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Ha! I would suggest melatonin....much safer!
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Old 06-12-2014, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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I would go talk to your doctor and see if he/she will give a RX for a week or two week supply of Ambien/Ambien CR to help you if you need them but if you can do it without then then awesome but it is up to you OP
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Old 06-13-2014, 05:39 AM
 
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Heard some sketch things about Ambien.
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