For those of you wondering about the staying awake before an international flight, this is my solution to both being stuck in a seat for over 10 hours and for dealing with jet lag once I arrive. It’s a pretty quick and effective way of solving both problems at once.
I arrived at 3:30pm yesterday, but that was 10:30pm back home. By the time I got to my hostel, it was 6:30pm, and after a quick exploritory walk, I finally passed out in my bed at 8:30pm, which would have been 3:30am at home.
This morning I slept in until 6:30am, which was all I could sleep, but it is pretty close to the time I normally wake up anyway, so I feel that I may be in sync with local time by tomorrow. The sooner the better.
I suppose if you are the sort of person who can nap whenever they feel like it, then this method of staying up all night might not be necessary, but for me it works pretty well.