I'm flying long haul tomorrow, and I'm trying to stay up as late as I can, so my body clock gets used to the new time zone before I get ther. At least that's the theory - has anyone else tried this?
It's good to hear the theory's sound - it just feels odd staying awake for no particular purpose other than to stay awake.
Try renting some movies that way you can stay up later. I used to work nights I found it was the best way to keep my body on schedule during my days off.
My Yoga teacher suggested only eating fruit during the flight and definately no alcohol. Never tried it! :) Lesley
I used to use that method when I worked rotating shifts. As soon as I hit my last day on a schedule, I would stay up that day/night (whichever it happened to be) until I was as close to the next shifts ending time as I could manage. The next day wasn't any fun but I was completely set for the upcoming schedule after that. I would imagine you'd find the same thing with jet lag.
Brad, I thought that drinking caused dehydration too...... And Martin, you are certainly correct. That is why you should stay awake as long as you can in front of the gate to your airplane. Someone may think to put you on the plane as additional baggage if you're in the way!