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| || "Re(1):MMCafe travel thoughts and tips" , posted Sat 9 Dec 00:58|
I know that several of our patrons are -by choice or by circumstance- seasoned world warriors. Do any of you have methods for dealing with jet lag? I知 currently in parts unknown and while I知 doing fairly well this morning Mrs Ishmael looks like she went through the wringer. Any advice that would help avoid this situation in the future would be most appreciated.
- a common cause of feeling crappy afterwards is a combination of sleep deprivation and dehydration.
- calibrating to a new daylight cycle can take time, and it can be exacerbated by lack of sleep: for instance, when I'm sleep deprived, I lose my appetite, but that has the additional negative of being short on food energy later on.
- depending on your flight and your arrival time, you might be in a situation where you have had no daylight exposure for much longer than you are used to, or way more daylight exposure than you are used to.
In my ideal case, I arrive early in the evening of wherever it is I'm arriving, because the sheer quantity of time spent being vaguely awake/not really able to sleep soundly on a plane leads to me being tired. This means I have time to get some food if I can stomach a full meal, or I can just hit the hay. By arriving early in the evening, I can get more sleep if needed, or if I wake up for a bit partway through, I still have enough hours to take a second nap.
Getting your hands on some sports drinks is good for replenishing your energy and fluids.
Sleeping with blackout curtains or similar light blockers helps a lot.
| || "Re(2):MMCafe travel thoughts and tips" , posted Sat 9 Dec 01:20|
I'd vote against Melatonin, if only because the few times I tried it it absolutely wrecked me.
I slept, wonderfully, for sure. But for 12 hours of near-coma, and I was an absolute zombie for the following day. I can't remember the dose, but the following time I only took half and it had the same effect.
I guess some people are more sensitive to it...? Try it before taking it "in condition".
Dehydration is the most common culprit. Drinking small quantities often is the best way to deal with it. Some of these synthetic water beverages with extra ions and salts can be useful for emergency purposes, but plain water (if possible with gaz, even if you don't like it) works perfectly well. Keep a glass next to the bed when you sleep, and if you wake up during the night, have a sip.
A friend of mine has a pocket lamp that emits some sort of light that's supposed to make your body believe the sun is up. When she comes to visit me in England, she says it's a life saver, since we don't have a sun here and her body cannot adjust to the new time zone. She just uses the lamp 5-10 minutes in the morning, and she just goes with her day like a pretty flower.
Also, the obvious: no coffee after 2PM of the new time zone, and no screen watching (especially no telephone or Kindle) in the half hour before going to bed.