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Old 10-03-2021, 07:50 PM
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Originally Posted by LineUpAndPay View Post
How often do you all show up to a hotel after a red eye and the hotel room isn’t ready? And if this is a common enough problem, are you legacy or ulcc? I’ve always blamed it on the hotel, but curious if it’s a booking issue on the airlines end.
Over 8 years doing red-eyes. Once I didn't have a hotel room upon check in. New guy behind the desk. "Check in is after 3pm, do you want to talk to the manager?". Yeah, sounds like a plan, got the complementary free full buffet at a full service Sonesta, and the keys to my room 15 m!inutes later. Working for Spirit.Not really a thing to worry about.
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Old 10-04-2021, 04:13 AM
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Originally Posted by symbian simian View Post
Over 8 years doing red-eyes. Once I didn't have a hotel room upon check in. New guy behind the desk. "Check in is after 3pm, do you want to talk to the manager?". Yeah, sounds like a plan, got the complementary free full buffet at a full service Sonesta, and the keys to my room 15 m!inutes later. Working for Spirit.Not really a thing to worry about.
Yes, deadbolt. Walked out of the shower with (just) a towel over my head to find three maids making my bed about 20 years ago, deadbolt everything since.
Sounds like an opening of a pornhub video.
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Old 10-06-2021, 09:53 AM
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Originally Posted by FlyPurdue View Post
I have been an early riser my whole life, but have started doing more red eyes (I try to bid around them, but not always possible), and have not yet been successful in napping before the flight. I tried sleeping very late on the first one, and then was not remotely tired until van time, the second one I woke up early but still was not able to nap, and was more tired at van time. I was still FFD for all these flights.

Any suggestions on red eyes or napping would be helpful, thanks!
I found that chewing gum during the last hour of the flight greatly diminishes any sleepiness. Also was effective for my 100-mile road commute home at 4am.
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Old 10-06-2021, 12:45 PM
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Originally Posted by crbnftprnt View Post
Also was effective for my 100-mile road commute home at 4am.
Heavy Metal. If you're still nodding off, German or Russian Heavy Metal.

A generous cuppa joe at TOD will usually get me through the arrival and drive home.
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Old 10-15-2021, 09:00 AM
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For those who take melatonin, one thing I can't find the answer to is, how soon after you wake up can you take a dose?

For example, land on the west coast at midnight, and operate a red-eye that following night. If you wake up at 8-9am, can you pop a melatonin by noon or 1 and hope to sleep until showtime, or is that unrealistic? In theory after a nights sleep, you'd have a 4ish hour window of being awake before trying for another long sleep period.
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Old 10-15-2021, 09:14 AM
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Originally Posted by AYLflyer View Post
For those who take melatonin, one thing I can't find the answer to is, how soon after you wake up can you take a dose?

For example, land on the west coast at midnight, and operate a red-eye that following night. If you wake up at 8-9am, can you pop a melatonin by noon or 1 and hope to sleep until showtime, or is that unrealistic? In theory after a nights sleep, you'd have a 4ish hour window of being awake before trying for another long sleep period.
I think it’s unrealistic, for myself. It’s not a medical grade sleeping pill, so for me it can be a help to help my body relax to sleep but it won’t put me to sleep or keep my asleep, it isn’t like Ambien
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Old 10-15-2021, 09:19 AM
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Originally Posted by AYLflyer View Post
For those who take melatonin, one thing I can't find the answer to is, how soon after you wake up can you take a dose?

For example, land on the west coast at midnight, and operate a red-eye that following night. If you wake up at 8-9am, can you pop a melatonin by noon or 1 and hope to sleep until showtime, or is that unrealistic? In theory after a nights sleep, you'd have a 4ish hour window of being awake before trying for another long sleep period.
Melatonin is more of a gentle nudge than a sleeping pill.
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Old 10-15-2021, 10:05 AM
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Originally Posted by DarkSideMoon View Post
Melatonin is more of a gentle nudge than a sleeping pill.
That’s a great way to describe it 👍🏻

Melatonin-“Hey, maybe you can get some rest, if you like?”

Ambien- “Get your punk butt to sleep and stay down until I say it’s time to get up!”
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Old 10-15-2021, 06:35 PM
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Originally Posted by CincoDeMayo View Post
That’s a great way to describe it 👍🏻

Melatonin-“Hey, maybe you can get some rest, if you like?”

Ambien- “Get your punk butt to sleep and stay down until I say it’s time to get up!”
never had ambien but this made me LOL
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Old 10-15-2021, 09:23 PM
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Originally Posted by CLE to IAH View Post
never had ambien but this made me LOL
Neither have I. But my mom took them. Unless you wanted to have an intelligent conversation with her until 10 hours after she took it, forget about it.
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