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    Jet Lag

    Next year I am planning a trip to England. I started looking at the time difference (6 hours ahead of us) and began looking at jet lag.

    Anybody travel to Europe and how did you deal with jet lag? Or did it bother you that much?

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    Re: Jet Lag

    I think it depends on a person. I feel it for a week, but it's never that significant.



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    Re: Jet Lag

    As soon as you get on the plane, change your watch (and any other electronic devices) to the time of your destination. Do your best to hold to a normal day's schedule according to that time. When you get there, don't go to sleep until your "normal" bedtime. If you're sleepy on arrival, get outside and be physically active. For the most part, if you don't make it a big deal mentally, it won't be one physically. This has helped me immensely, no matter how many timezones I cross or in which direction. I'm rarely affected for more than 24 hours, and it's not bad.


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    Re: Jet Lag

    I would plan your flights so you arrive in England at nighttime, near your normal bedtime (by their clocks, not your internal one).

    There is nothing worse than taking the flight that lands in the early morning.

    If you can sleep on the plane, don't think you are good on sleep, because that sleep is not a very good sleep.

    Ornryactor speaks the truth too. If you must nap, keep it under 30 mins.



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    Re: Jet Lag

    When I left Korea after my short tour in 2001, the plane left base at 11 AM Korea time. 16 hours later - or whatever it was - we landed in Seattle at 9 AM on the same day.



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    Re: Jet Lag

    Personally, I don't feel like West to East is bad. East to West is what kills me.


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    Re: Jet Lag

    Quote Originally Posted by CyinCo View Post
    Personally, I don't feel like West to East is bad. East to West is what kills me.

    This has been my experience as well. I just change my watch to UK time once I get on the flight and then I go to bed at normal times. I can't sleep on the plane. What's nice about the London flight compared to most other flights in Europe is that you can do it all within the same day if you leave the U.S. early.

    The problem is when I get home I always seem to be wide awake at like 2-3 am and can't go back to sleep.



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    Re: Jet Lag

    Quote Originally Posted by CyinCo View Post
    Personally, I don't feel like West to East is bad. East to West is what kills me.
    That's the reverse of what most people go through. Though it differs from person to person, the average Circadian rhythm (aka your internal "clock") is a little bit longer than 24 hours, which makes it easier to stay later rather than go to bed earlier. As a result, most people have a harder time flying from the west to the east (ie. travelling from the US to Europe). Everyone is different, though.

    The http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jet_lag is interesting and informative.

    Also be sure to look up some dietary information pertaining to jet lag. There are a variety of options and suggestions (requiring varying levels of dedication), but they're all generally effective. Since I handle jet lag very well on my own, the only dietary practice I generally use is eating carb-heavy, no-protein meals so that I don't want to go to sleep.


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    I also remember a game with Kansas when Cy (wore a huge suit then) went out to center field, squatted, and "pooped" a couple of chickens that had been dyed blue then chased them around.
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    Re: Jet Lag

    When I traveled to Prague several years ago it wasn't the flight to Europe that killed me, it was the flight home. There's something about flying west that really messes with me.


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    Re: Jet Lag

    When I deployed, I flew from Kansas to Germany. When we landed, a few of us walked through the PX, roughly 2 hours after touchdown. Well, about the time we were getting ready to walk out, I had the craziest run-in with jet lag. I was just standing in place and everything was moving up, down, all around. It didn't make me feel sick, though. It was a very odd feeling. That was ~20 hours though.



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    Re: Jet Lag

    My wife is from Germany and we fly there about once every 18 months. I've been there probably around 10ish times. Seven hour time difference. I always find it harder going to Germany than returning home. You almost always land in the morning so you shouldn't go to sleep until later that day. It makes for one long bloody day. It affects me for about two or three days usually. Try and get a four hour cat nap on the plane and fight through it. That's about all you can do.

    When we fly back to the states we usually arrive back in Omaha at about 7 or 8 in the evening. Go straight to bed after a shower and bite to eat. The next morning I'm still tired, but can put in a constructive full day at work. We have two small boys now and it's a hell of a lot harder than it used to be, and that flight was never fun.



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    Re: Jet Lag

    Quote Originally Posted by CyinCo View Post
    Personally, I don't feel like West to East is bad. East to West is what kills me.
    same here



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    Re: Jet Lag

    I have a much tougher time adjusting going east than west. Probably because I don't sleep on planes unless I take a half bottle of sleeping pills.

    If you can adjust to the upcoming sleep schedule in advance, even getting an hour or 2 or 3, you will be better off. If you don't sleep on command (like me) get ready to hit a serious wall shortly after you leave the airport in Europe.

    Going west isn't terrible, you just play it like your pulling a late night. This all depends what time of day/night you are flying of course.



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    Re: Jet Lag

    I did a trip to Italy a number of years back, and echo Herbicide's suggestion. Ours was about a 10-12 hour trip including the layovers and we took a redeye leaving at maybe 10PM here. With the time difference, we got to Venice about 5:00 PM their time. A bit of time to get to the hotel and situated, grab some dinner and a little touring around, then off to bed.

    After that, I reallly didn't feel any effects of jet lag at all.

    The flight back killed me too. But ours was trouble filled with tons of delays. I think more than anything, travelling/vacations like these take alot out of you. I was in Italy for a little more than 3 weeks and really couldn't wait to get home. Like an idiot, I scheduled all this to get back on Sunday so I could work Monday -which was worthless. If you can, give yourself a day to recoup when you get back.


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    Re: Jet Lag

    For me West to East is a killer. Going over to Germany was a long, long, long day when we arrived. I think we left Iowa at like 1 or 2pm, then landed at about 7:00am European time. I worked a full day, had drinks in the evening, ate supper, drank a bit more and couldn't hardly function. Went to be at 9:00pm European time. I struggled for about 2 days before I felt good. On the way home (East to West) no issues at all. Landed in the late afternoon, ate some supper, went to bed and had a great next day.


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