It's the same for fruit flies
What counts as a long haul flight for fruit flies? Across the kitchen? From one fruit tree to the next?
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Jeffrey Hall, Michael Rosbach and Michael Young have won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for "their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm". Those who travel the world will recall the uncomfortable feeling of adjusting their internal clocks to a new time zone. These so-called …
As someone speaking from the experience of such things, drugs only go so far (amphetamines)
After being awake for days the only things that gets you through is dawn and surprisingly dusk, It doesn't help with the hallucinations though.
In my very misspent youth I managed 12 days awake though by the end of it I had the reasoning skills of a salmon in front of a sushi chef. I'm glad I left that all behind (had to think about this) nearly 21 years ago.
In my very misspent youth I managed 12 days awake
I think I'd be post-chef sushi after about 3. As well as out of my mind on migraine medication (quickest way for me to migraine-hell is not get enough sleep for two nights..)
Mind you, I'm old and crumbly. Or at least, it feels like it some days.
I know a totally blind kid, who's on melatonin. He's got no eyes, so no light perception at all to cue the body to regulate the hormone system.
He'll get tired and go to sleep like the rest of us. But after an hour just wakes up, if he doesn't remember to dose himself up before sleeping. Even with drugs I don't think he ever gets a full night's kip. So I guess he's permanently jet-lagged.
I wonder if this happens differently with people born totally blind? Or whether the brain adapts as they learn a sleep cycle as babies? The term visual impairment is preferred, because most "blind" people have at least some limited vision, or at least light perception.
Same boat... Pretty much a zombie up to noon, and really don't get productive til afternoon. Having to work normal office hours has been a death sentence. You wonder too if this disadvantages you long-term health-wise... Can't be changed though... Too late now!
Too true. In my yoof I used to stay up most of the weekend and school holiday nights ( being a teacher) teaching myself to write code for the BBC Micro/Acorn Electron. But it made me pretty rubbish at the day job. Even when I restricted myself to just doing this in the holidays it took me too long to readjust. I had to choose which was going to be the profession and which the hobby. I often wonder if I should have stuck with writing useful software - some of the things I did definitely were. Even more so now when I see the (cr)apps that are sold for phones.
When I've been on long haul flights between the UK and Australia my plan was to figure out what time of day I was going to land and try to plan some sort of sleep on the 'planes around that - e.g. landing early morning, so try to stay awake for the first 14 hours or so, then sleep as much of the last stretch as possible, then stay awake for as long as possible to 'force' the switch. It may have helped that when I arrived I went straight onto the bucks do (10am Saturday) and drank my way through to midnight before finding a corner to fall asleep. Briefly awake when the other lads all rocked in to the apartment around 4am, then asleep again until around 10am. Felt a bit meh the next day, but I had the chance to put that down to the beer! Don't plan to do that sort of trip for anything less than 3 weeks next time though!
I fly globally every few months. Never had Jetlag, When you get on a plane set your watch to the time of your destination and behave like it. So I go to sleep on the plane (usually sometime early afternoon UK time) get up when you land and get to work. Don't go to sleep till bedtime (in the country where you are, not your home one) and your golden.
Having young children isnt much difference from sleeping in Eco longhall.
Aeroflot, back in the day, kept their pilots on the Cuba run, on Moscow time to alleviate this issue
as for me, worked in Brazil many years back, month on month off - going there, we landed, got to the workplace and started to work, heading back, that used to kill me, was a mess for a couple of days after I got home, never figured out how to sort it :o(
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