April 08, 2008

When in Lisbon, motor through

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I'm in Lisbon today, giving a talk for Nokia. I shot this photo on my iPhone from my hotel room this AM.

Here's a handy biz-travel tip: When you fly to Europe (usually overnight), don't take a nap when you land! Motor through the day, and go to bed when the locals do. This way, you will avoid not being able to fall asleep due to jet lag.

The first few times I went to Europe, I'd land in the AM, fall asleep, wake up and go out to eat. That night, I'd toss and turn or wake up at 3AM and never get back to sleep. It made me a zombie. Now, I motor through. Last night, I actually got 7 hours of sleep (with no Ambien). Today I feel good, just like I was home.

PS -- When you wake up on your second day in Europe, make sure and let in the sunlight as it teaches your body the new time zone.


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Tim,

Great advice and great timing! I'll be motoring through Lisbon and on to Madeira on May 9th - so thanks for the heads-up on my first trip to Europe! You rock!!

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I think letting in the sunlight is key.

I once motored through my first day in Europe then when to sleep when it was dark--and slept for 16 hours! My alarm kept ringing, but I slept through it. If I'd have left the blinds open, I think the light would have helped me get up.


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