I’m so well rested that I’m exhausted!

On Wednesday I posted about my one week anniversary of no travel, and it looks like the trend will continue for at least a couple more weeks (due to no good deals and no need to travel). I’m having a bit of a problem with my sleeping pattern, though, which I blame on my lack of flying.

You see, I’m a “late to bed, late to rise” person whenever I don’t have a 7AM class or a 6AM flight.  In the past my mileage runs helped balance out my schedule in the sense that I’d have one redeye a week. Since I don’t get much sleep on redeyes, I’d typically go to bed early the night after, sometimes at around 6PM. Then I’d naturally get up at 6AM. Then as the week progressed I’d continue to get up later and later, but it nonetheless helped me to get up and go to bed at a reasonable hour. The ability to make me tired at an early hour the night after made redeyes worth it.

Now without redeyes, however, I’m having problems sleeping. Since I don’t have to get up early at the moment, I find myself going to bed later and later. And in turn I’m waking up later and later, to the point that I’m getting up at close to 1PM and going to bed in the wee hours of the night. I’m thinking one way to counter this is a “virtual” redeye. Just pull an all nighter for the heck of it, and go to bed early the next day.

Maybe doing that once a week will help me balance out my schedule a bit? On the plus side I have to get up (relatively) early again starting tomorrow, so I’m guessing it’ll be a short night.

It’s just one of the many challenges of being a flyaholic, I guess.

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  1. The problem you are having is due to circadian rhythm where your body is on a 24 hour clock and likes to go to bed and wake up at similar times each day. There have been experiments done where people live without knowing about the times of the day, and their bodies adjust to this circadian rhythm of regular waking and sleeping times.

    Also, try some exercise as it will help your system adjust to a more regular schedule, but I would strongly recommend you to exercise during the morning or mid day and avoid doing it at night as it can interfere with your sleep cycle.

  2. yeah i know exactly what you’re talking about, i’m the exact same. sometimes i think my body works on a 26 hour circadian rhythm.

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