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Posted 4/1/08
i hope i never get JetLag
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25 / F / MO USA
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Posted 4/1/08
i hate jet lag so badddd

i remember that time that we went to china and had to spend time on the plane FOREVER

when we got there...b/c of time change and jet lag made me feel really tired
Posted 4/1/08
Nope. Not even once. I wonder how it feels =T
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Posted 4/1/08
The most considerable factor for jet lag is how many time zones are you crossing flying from one place to another. Crossing time zones creates disturbances in your biological clock and you coping with jet lag is a question of how fast can your body adapt with the disruption.

For example, if you are from the Pacific area and you travel from east to west towards, say Europe.. if you left at day time and the flight took 10 hours, chances are you cant sleep on the plane, because you've just slept the night before. But when you arrive in Europe, it's still daytime! And you cant sleep because your body is not used to sleeping in the day (assuming). So you've already have more than your fair share of waking hours. Hence, you feel tired, groggy and your body reacts in all the funny ways. Give it one day or so and your body can adapt to the new rhythm.

One solution to this is good planning. If you're flying at daytime, try hard to not sleep the night before, so you sleep on the plane even when it's day. When you land, its gonna be daytime again but you've already had your sleep.

The less number of time zones crossed, the less the effect of jet lag. If you flew between two places in the same timezone, there's practically no jet lag even if the flight took 6 hours or so (say from somewhere down the south hemisphere to somewhere way up to the north hemisphere). You'll just feel tired because, well, after all you traveled.

Accustomed travelers also has the effect lessened because their body is already used to the constant shift in biological rhythm.

Them and architects/architecture students. Their/our sleeping habits are pretty much already screwed up in the first place.
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Posted 4/1/08
I almost got it goning to china (12 hour flight) but I slept for like 8 hours on the plane so I was ok (I just kept waking up a 4 AM)
Posted 4/1/08
It was the most horrible feeling ever. After getting back from America, I keep bumping into things as I walked around the house and I was so tired *hand-to-forehead*... tis not good.

To stop my ears from popping I kept sucking on one of those campino sweet things. They work wonders!
Posted 4/1/08
OMG!!...i hate Jetlag!!
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Posted 4/1/08
When I go to Japan it isn't too bad. I get a good night's sleep and take the first flight from Washington DC to Tokyo. By the time I get check into my hotel in Tokyo and get some dinner it is about 8 pm and I'll just go to bed and get up at about 6am fully rested and ready to go.

The adjustment when I get back home from my trip is what kills me. It usually takes me about 2 weeks to get my sleep schedule straight and I usually end up sick in bed for several of those days.
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Posted 4/1/08
Well, I find it hard to sleep on planes, so.it is quite troublesome to go on long-distance flights.
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76 / M / Here and There >_>
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Posted 4/1/08
Jetlag ........ Don't remind me :O
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It doesn't really affect me... I think its just a matter of discipline, like, staying up if you need to stay up where you've just arrived, or going to sleep during bedtime when you're supposed to.

But I didn't know there were actual symptoms other than lacking sleep and messed up internal clock..
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24 / M / Nottingham/Manche...
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Posted 4/1/08
I don't really get jetlag. I usually sleep on the plane (even if it's not my usual sleep time) and I get over it.
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Posted 4/1/08
When I went to the Philippines over the summer I didn't really get jetlag, but coming back I thought I was about to die.
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24 / M / land of promise,...
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Posted 4/1/08

DoTheHoola wrote:

Well, I find it hard to sleep on planes, so.it is quite troublesome to go on long-distance flights.


yea. the same problem as me. its hard for me to sleep onplanes. so, i dont getenough sleep, and i'll experiemce it.
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Posted 4/1/08
... yea, i know what you're talking about but that's not jet lag.
that weird after effect of sitting on a plane for too long doesn't happen to me that often
i usually get that crap after cruises; i feel like i'm still swaying back and forth.

but for real jet lag -
i don't really try to fight jet lag.. i just sleep when i want and wake up at the wrong times.
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