Jet Lag - Time Changes

Do you have difficulty with jet lag or time changes when traveling?  Do you take anything like Melatonin?

I'm three hours behind east coast time but usually adapt easily to the time change when cruising.  With daylight savings change this weekend, and red-eye flight next weekend, I'm curious to see if I notice a difference this time.  Anybody have problems with jet lag?

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I work graveyard shift, crazy hours. Been doing it just about all my adult life. An interesting side effect is that I have never had jet lag as an adult. Used to as a kid when traveling around with my parents.

Used to get jet lag flying back and forth to Germany. Tried melatonin with mixed results. Don't remember serious problems flying to Puerto Rico, Polynesia or even Hong Kong (of course we were younger then). Jet lag really kicked our butts this last trip to Santiago, Chile and back from Buenos Aires - didn't take any thing for it - just slept. Don't remember ever feeling so bone tired.

Usually, when cruising I have no problems. I think because I get too excited and my sleep pattern before we leave is already out of wack, that I adapt easily. However, the time change for daylight savings really messes with me. I know it isn't logical, but I don't care for it. We also had problems when we did the Panama Canal transit (West to East), as we changed one hour every day for the first three days. I wasn't prepared for that.

Big difference traveling west as opposed to east. That is why a lot of those contemplating a world cruise look to ones traveling west most of the time.

Not an issue.. I'm on Holidays......

I don't have much of a problem with jet lag. I just can't do red eye flights anymore, that kicks me right in the rear end. When I was a young man I work graveyard/early morning shifts. Never bothered me I loved it. Not anymore.

The time difference doesn't bother us either. We always arrive at our port city at night so just head to bed and then we are fine in the morning.

For most of my adult life I was working rotating shifts -- in effect an 8 hour shift in time every month. Since I was already jet lagged, a trip never bothered me.

Now that I have a semi-permanent shift, for some reason it really still does not bother me. I just stay awake until regular bed time at the new location, and awake at the proper time feeling refreshed.

So today I am dragging when I should be just fine by now. It could have something to do with company last night that stayed past our normal bedtime and then the time change. Of course it had nothing to with the amount I drank with said company.Wink

Yes that's how I often feel as I continue to work graveyard shift - jetlagged - until my days off.

I think the rotating shift is even worse. Glad you were able to get on better shift.


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