Firstly: It's so ridiculously unfair to get up at 4am and not get into the office until 11am. Having said that, there’s not much you can do about the time difference, unfortunately.
I often take SAS flight SK1530 from London to Stockholm on Mondays, which then affects my entire weekend. Of course, you can go to bed at midnight and get up four hours later and leave home, but then I’m absolutely unproductive when I arrive. And I often need to work for 8–12 hours when I have got there, which means I must be on the ball. So, ensuring I’m ready for bed at 8pm on Sunday evening really dictates the whole weekend.
I have successfully tested two different methods. What I usually do is to go out on Friday night partying with friends till late (i.e. late as in 3am not 8am). Then I force myself to get up on Saturday morning, around 9am. Have a cozy Saturday with a market, socialize with friends and try to go for a walk so I get a bit physically tired as well.
I go out again Saturday evening and get home at a reasonable time, not too late but not too early either. About 02–03am is perfect. Not too much alcohol.
I force myself to get out of bed as early as possible on Sunday morning, around about 8am and go for a jog. I don’t break any records on these runs, but the idea is to tire myself out. The rest of the day is always pretty unproductive as I’m too tired to do anything sensible - with strictly no power naps. Then I easily fall asleep at 8pm and wake up at 4am after eight hours sleep. Perfect.
The other method is a bit more extreme. I've only tried it once. Can't really remember exactly what I did on Friday that weekend, but I got up early on Saturday and went to the gym. After a pretty calm and healthy Saturday, I ended the day with an early dinner at a friend's house. I went to bed around about 9pm, prepared the coffee machine and set my alarm for 3.30am.
When the alarm went off I got up and drank two mugs of strong coffee. I then jumped into a taxi and went to the home of some friends in south London. There we ate a big breakfast with a few bloody Marys before we headed to a nightclub at 7am to see Ricardo Villalobos. It felt strange to glide in feeling relatively fresh and relaxed at a club where everyone had been going strong for about 12 hours or so. Whatever, we danced until around lunch time. After eating lunch together, I spent the afternoon walking around and met a friend for coffee. I then had absolutely no problem falling asleep at 8pm, in fact, it was a wonder I had stayed awake so long.
I woke up at 4am, bright, rested and ready for the week.
SAS’ new route to Genoa
I visit the Ligurian coast at least once a year. Will be great not having to take the train from Milan.
Exercise and travel
It's difficult to stick to your exercise regime when you travel a lot. Love the gym in the SAS Lounge at Oslo Gardermoen, but is this pretty much the only lounge with a gym?
June 01, 2018