The major touring and travel season has arrived and for fortunate American cyclists, they may have the opportunity to travel abroad. The travel will undoubtedly be exciting, special and interesting. The trip will probably also be grueling and tiring.
If you’ve flown and crossed 3 or more time zones to reach your destination, you may have experienced the exhausting sensation of jet lag in addition to general travel fatigue. What can be done?
According to Wikipedia
Jet lag, medically referred to as desynchronosis, is a physiological condition which results from alterations to the body’s circadian rhythms resulting from rapid long-distance transmeridian (east–west or west–east) travel on a (typically jet) aircraft. It is classified as one of the circadian rhythm sleep disorders.
The condition of jet lag may last several days until one is fully adjusted to the new time zone, and a recovery rate of one day per time zone crossed is a suggested guideline.
Lately, we’ve been trying something new. Since we believe in inexpensive, practical and repeatable solutions, we want to share this remedy we use when we travel eastbound such as LA to New York or New York to Europe. It can easily be used by anyone with a somewhat flexible schedule. It’s simple! Wake up earlier!
Consider origin and destination for eastbound travel.
What is the time zone difference?
When do you normally wake up? At destination time?
When will you likely be waking at your destination?
How many hours does that buy you?
What is your “wake cycle” difference?
What is your “catch up” goal?
How many consecutive days before departure will you be able to wake up earlier?
Eat and go to sleep to support the adjusted schedule.
Los Angeles to Tuscany, Italy
6 am LA = 3 pm Italy
7 am to 8 am
1 hour benefit (maybe 2)
Still a difference of 8 hours
Would like to feel like a difference of 4 hours or less “catch up” hours
4 divided by 10 = 0.40
Tail winds and thanks for reading