Time Change and Body Clock


I’m an early bird and very rarely sleep past 6:00a.m. even when I  can. Gets me a bit annoyed sometimes, but at home I can at least go do something quietly and get going on my day.

When we travel, though, it gets to be more problematic, but sometimes I have been able to quietly leave the room and wander. A couple of weeks ago we were visiting a farm in the Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia and the early morning awakening treated me to a beautiful sunrise and some great rural photo ops.

When there is a time zone difference, however, it may not work so well. This past weekend we were in Nashville and when I awoke at what would have been slightly early at 5:30, it was only 4:30 local time and still very dark. I knew sunrise would be soon, though, so I left the house and went for a drive. There was no way to get to a pastoral setting so quickly, so I enjoyed driving around the downtown area and taking shots of some touristy places, without crowds and with nighttime lighting.

How do you deal with interrupted sleep when you travel?

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6 Responses to Time Change and Body Clock

  1. Gunta says:

    Being a night owl, I’m very often out of synch with the rest of the world. If I have trouble getting to sleep at what most folks consider a reasonable hour, it’s difficult getting enough sleep with the folks heading out at the crack of dawn and slamming doors and revving up cars or laughing and talking. I liked the part where you said you ‘quietly’ left your room… ;)

  2. Ingrid says:

    I love early mornings especially amongst nature like your photo with the mist. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Pit says:

    I’ve never been an early bird, neither at home nor while travelling, and thus – sadly – usually miss the opportunities for such wonderful pictures.

  4. seniorhiker says:

    I’m not nearly the early bird I was when I was younger, but I usually wake up at daybreak regardless of the time zone. You got a great night picture of the Parthenon when you were in Nashville.

  5. One other positive aspect of wandering a city before and at dawn is there are no problems getting parking spots! LOL

  6. You just might have to consider setting the alarm for one early morning wander!

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