Dubai 2012: Fatigued

(This is the seventh post in a series detailing my work trip to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.)

Jet lag never affected me when I got over here to Dubai. I just chalked the travel as a day lost. Since Dubai is nine hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time, my internal clock was only messed up by about three hours. But that is also due in part to my sporadic sleep schedule.

The combination of the stiffness of the hotel bed and my inability to get tired and fall asleep at a reasonable hour, I haven’t been getting very good sleep while I’ve been here. Even last night, when I didn’t have to be to work until 11:45 a.m. Because we had to change our schedule a bit, I still wasn’t tired until about 4 a.m.

I think, though, my sleeplessness is finally catching up to me. I went most of the (very short) day today feeling pretty restless and lethargic. It is usually not like me to be so tired throughout the day like I was today. I even drank a bunch of coffee and Red Bull today and it still didn’t seem to help. I usually joke around that I can “sleep when I’m dead,” and I knew at the beginning of the month that I wasn’t going to be getting much sleep, I just didn’t think the fatigue was going to kick in so soon.

Well here I am, it’s just after 1 a.m. in the morning. We have another late start, short day tomorrow, and I’m finally tired relatively early. I am going to take some meds and pop some melatonin and hope I can get some QUALITY sleep this evening.

Here’s to hoping I can get finally get a good night’s sleep.

Until next time …

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Postscript: Well, I didn’t end up getting much sleep after all. I wasn’t able to get into the deep sleep cycle. I slept for maybe like two or three hours at a time. However, I don’t feel tired like I did last night after work. Looks like I’ll have a day off tomorrow too, so we’re going to explore more of the city, go to a few markets where I can hopefully pick up some authentic stuff to take home!!!

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