Friday, June 21, 2013

Vacations and Time Zone Changes

Officially on vacation and checking in with my blogger buddies. I think the worst thing about vacation besides living out of a suitcase is the time change. I'm here in Arizona. A THREE hour difference from Florida. 

I'm waking up at 3 am thinking it's 6 am in Florida. Then I force myself back to sleep and then I really do wake at 6 am. I can't seem to sleep past 6 here. 

I look at my watch, which I didn't change, and I see the morning mostly gone. 

My pill schedule is all whacked out and my body is trying to get used to the new times I take my bipolar meds. Trying to stay stable with a time change as drastic as this takes careful planning and diligence. 

But bedtime and night meds are the worst. It seems forever until I can crawl into bed. Thank God I've been falling asleep instantly, but it starts all over the next day. 

Does anyone have any suggestions to help with time changes?

3 comments:

The Dose of Reality said...

Honestly don't have any suggestions, but wanted to say how hard it is when you feel like your sleep schedule is out of whack! It is exhausting!-The Dose Girls

Ronnie Schmeltzer said...

We try adjusting our schedule a week or so before the trip. About 30 minutes every few nights until you get close to the right time zone...it's not too bad and we've found it successful.

Vicki M. Taylor said...

Adjusting to new time zones without preparation really sucks. :-) However, we managed and just powered through. It's great to be home and on a "regular" schedule again.

Ronnie, will have to remember your suggestion for a future trip. Will try to adjust several days ahead of the trip. Thanks.