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IFing and Jet Lag

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 03, 2011 at 11:34 AM

A while back I saw John Durant link to a study concerning IFing as a way to reset one's biological clock, and therefore 'beat' jet lag.

I decided to try this out, and this is what I did (regurgitated from my blog post):

  • Day 1: ate at 7:00am CDT.
  • Day 1: Slept for maybe an hour (broken hour) during the 7 and a half hour flight, probably around 7pm CDT.
  • Day 2: ate at 8:15am CEST (1:15am CDT). Drank an espresso
  • Day 2: napped for 15-30min on plane around 10am CEST, drank a coffee at 10:30am CEST
  • Day 2: ate at 3:00pm CEST (8am CDT)
  • Day 2: Fell asleep at 4:15pm CEST
  • Day 3: Woke up at 2am CEST

The rest of the times are in CEST

  • Day 3: Nap from 6:40am to 7am, ate at 7:30am - drank one green tea, Nap from 11:00am to 11:30am
  • Day 3: ate at 2pm, green tea at 4:30pm, ate at 7:30pm, went to sleep at 8:30pm
  • Day 4: woke up at 7am, ate at 7:30am had a cup of green tea, drank three glasses of mead and had one bockwurst, and some lamb leg between 11:30am and 2:30pm.
  • Day 4: felt tired as hell at 4pm, almost fell asleep on the bus ride home, fought through it and didn't take a nap
  • Day 4: went to bed at 8:45pm
  • Day 5: Woke up at 8:10am, ate at 8:30am, two cups of green tea

So, I'd say that if nothing else I'm adapting quicker that usual, just by eating at the meal times for where I am now, although I really can't remember how fast I adapted last time I traveled over the ocean. I remember going back to the US I had Jet lag for close to two weeks, but that's because I didn't try to change it - I liked the whole go to bed at 6pm, wake up at 3am, take a nap at 10am, repeat deal.

Anyone else try fasting as a way to overcome Jet Lag? Tips/tricks?

6229cd9a7ca9882590259fae022e2647

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on October 03, 2011
at 02:54 PM

Sure does seem that way. I'm EST and used to have to fly to Romania and Poland all the time. I would be beat when I got there but would wait to sleep until around 8pm their time. I would wake up a little tired but fine otherwise. Coming back to my time zone was always great. I would feel like a million bucks.

Db4ad76f6f307a6f577e175710049172

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on October 03, 2011
at 02:04 PM

I definitely agree with IFing and not having to poop on a plane. One of the benefits I guess.

Db4ad76f6f307a6f577e175710049172

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on October 03, 2011
at 02:03 PM

When you say "hop on," do you mean that you can be on your destination's time zone after one night?

Db4ad76f6f307a6f577e175710049172

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on October 03, 2011
at 02:02 PM

Yea, what probably made my experiment harder was the fact that I pretty much had to go a night without sleeping, something that's never easy for me.

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345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

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on October 03, 2011
at 01:44 PM

I guess I never looked at IF'ing to be part of breaking jet lag, but it make sense.

I generally try to adhere to the following when I'm flying long distances:

Eat at the right times to eat

Sleep at the right times to sleep (considering the time zone you are heading to)

Hydrate!!

Stay awake until the right time to sleep once at your destination.

I agree however, this is sometimes easier said than done because I never get quality sleep on an airplane.

Db4ad76f6f307a6f577e175710049172

(2297)

on October 03, 2011
at 02:02 PM

Yea, what probably made my experiment harder was the fact that I pretty much had to go a night without sleeping, something that's never easy for me.

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6229cd9a7ca9882590259fae022e2647

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on October 03, 2011
at 01:42 PM

I've always been able to just hop on my destination's time zone as well. Otherwise I only drink water and black coffee on my flight.

Db4ad76f6f307a6f577e175710049172

(2297)

on October 03, 2011
at 02:03 PM

When you say "hop on," do you mean that you can be on your destination's time zone after one night?

6229cd9a7ca9882590259fae022e2647

(3209)

on October 03, 2011
at 02:54 PM

Sure does seem that way. I'm EST and used to have to fly to Romania and Poland all the time. I would be beat when I got there but would wait to sleep until around 8pm their time. I would wake up a little tired but fine otherwise. Coming back to my time zone was always great. I would feel like a million bucks.

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97c04f87a752ff0a5cf6be9d806c0334

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on October 03, 2011
at 01:26 PM

Whenever I fly, I do IF because I hate pooping on a flight, and I get much better sleep when I have a relatively empty system. I haven't experienced any reduction in jet lag from it however.

The best way to reduce jet lag, at least for me, is trying to follow my destination's schedule immediately after I've arrived. I've tried adapting to my destination's schedule before I leave, but it mostly just gets in the way and I don't have time. Personally, my clock is regulated by when and how much I sleep, not by when I eat.

Db4ad76f6f307a6f577e175710049172

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on October 03, 2011
at 02:04 PM

I definitely agree with IFing and not having to poop on a plane. One of the benefits I guess.

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on October 03, 2011
at 02:11 PM

I actually do the opposite. I fly from Raleigh to Dubai and back once a year. The dry cabin is hard on my body. I drink water as often as possible and more than I really want to, and eat every 3 hours. I find that on this trip, which often takes as long as 24 hours, IF makes me uncomfortable. Eating every 3 or 4 hours has a similar impact that IF does, confusing your body. It's used to being on a certain schedule and IF or eating ever 4 hours helps to "reset" that. The other crucial thing I do is trying to sleep when people sleep in my destination. I try to stay awake while it is daylight in my destination, but I don't force it. If I can't keep my eyes open I nap. I find its easier to sleep when you aren't that sleepy than stay awake when you're exhausted. So I end up spending lots of my air time asleep.

When I flew to Dubai, I tried this out. I landed at midnight (Dubai time, 3 pm Raleigh time) had to drive 2 hours to where I was staying, sleep for a little while, wake up at 7 and start a very active workday (leading school kids on a hiking trek) at 9am. I suffered very little jet lag. I slept from 9:30 to 11:30 dubai time, was awake from 11:30pm to 2:30am, slept from then to 7:30 and put in an energetic work day.

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