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Help me figureout sleeping time on flight to Japan

Jul 14th, 2005, 06:14 AM
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Help me figureout sleeping time on flight to Japan

Hi all!

I don't know why for the life of me I can't figure out this myself, so I will rely on all you good smart people!

I leave July 27th en route to Tokyo to start a month trip in Asia with hubby.

I leave Dulles airport at 8:30amEST on Wed, July 27th. I will need to be up that morning about 5am, get ready and go to the airport ( I live about 40 minutes away from Dulles)for about a 6:30-6:45am arrival time before the 8:30am flight.

Flight to LA is 5 hrs with arrival time of 10:39 am Pacific time. Departure for Tokyo is at 12:35pm with arrival in Tokyo Thursday July 28th at 4:05pm.

I am on American and no, I am not in business or first class, but coach. Frequent flyer ticket and we usually never upgrade so we can save for future trips ( I do not remember the last time I actually paid for any of my trips abroad). I'm on a window for all legs.

If I can get 5-7 rs of sleep that would be enough. I do take Lunesta ( a godsend!!)and No Jet Lag( another godsend) so I need to figure out when to take it and start the process of sleeping.

I already do the usual routines to make flying more pleasant after yrs of it.

I bring my own blanket
Drink tons of water
super comfortable clothes
bose headset( noise cancelling)
skip the dinner on plane and eat turkey sandwiches
minimal sugar and fat
total block out eyeshades
removal of shoes and put on warm fuzzy socks

Can you all figure out a timing program for me so I am not too messed up upon arrival in Tokyo.

Thanks a mil........!!
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Jul 14th, 2005, 06:32 AM
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I'd try to sleep on your flight to LA.
On the tokyo flight try to sleep a few hours after they serve the first meal.

By the time you go through immigration and take the bus or train to your hotel in Tokyo it will be around 7PM. Have a nice light dinner, unpack, take a shower and go to bed at around 10PM. If you wake up really early you can go to the fish market, If not, you'll have a decent night's sleep.

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Jul 14th, 2005, 06:42 AM
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tripgirl, can you tell me what No Jet Lag is? I take Ambien on long flights and usually sleep quite a bit but I get jet lag anyway, although it's always much worse coming home. If I can minimize the jet lag, it would be great.
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Jul 14th, 2005, 08:15 AM
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On an itinerary like this, you shouldn't have to do anything or take anything.

You'll be tired on the first flight anyways, as you have to get up early. You should be able to take a couple hours of nap on IAD-LAX. Then get on the plane to Japan, again you'll be able to get some naps, though not too long.

You'll be pretty tired arriving in Tokyo. Have a light dinner, walk around a little, and then go to bed at a normal (Tokyo) time. You will be tired enough to sleep through the night.

Don't schedule too much stuff in Tokyo the next day, as you may find yourself tired in the afternoon. If possible, get a short nap in the afternoon that next day, but don't sleep for too long. You'll be okay.

Don't take any medication or pills, unless you cannot even nap on the plane.
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Jul 14th, 2005, 08:59 AM
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no jet lag is a homeopathic remedy to combat jet lag fatugue. You find it at natural food sstores.

I use it and I feel it helps. Others report the same, yet others find no such effect.

It does not interfere with ambien, so you can take it together.

I am still going to take my stuff, I really have come to depend on them for my trips.

all of your suggestions are helpful i just needed some semblance of a schedule. any other thoughts are appreciated.

We have a fab hotel in Tokyo( Seiyo Ginza), so I think it will contribute to a restful nights sleep!

thanks a mil....
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