This is the first time for us traveling all together east bridging an eight hour time difference, and from my own experience (and according to some websites), eastbound travel screws more with your internal time system then westbound. Why? To adjust westward you have to force yourself to stay up longer the first few nights, which is easier than forcing yourself to go to bed while your internal clock still says it is early in the afternoon, which is what you have to do when flying east.
While you might be possible to do this as an adult, try to get this into a terrible two toddler who does not listen very well to begin with.
We are having quite a hard time to get Julius to adjust and this is not helping our own transition either. We are following common sense guidelines like lots of sunlight and fresh air, trying to keep him awake during the day as much as possible so that he would finally sleep longer at night.
So far it has not been very successful, we managed to keep him up until noon yesterday (After he had been up since 3 AM) but then even after 3 sleep cycles (=4.5h) it was hard to wake him up. Then we kept him up again until 10:30 PM (He totally crashed in my arms), hoping he would sleep longer … But no .. 3 AM again and he is totally awake, wants to play and screams if he does not get his way (which is not a good thing in an old style ryokan where the walls are not that soundproof) … So, to not totally wake up everyone we have to let him.
And so the cycle continues .. He will wants to sleep a lot during the day again and tomorrow night the same dilemma … I am seriously concerning if there are any mild sleeping aids for kids in this case …
Looking forward to any other ideas
[update 7:37 AM]: Sure enough, the little guy was not to be convinced to return to bed … Until after our 6 AM bath, at 7:35 AM .. I was folding laundry … And when I looked at him again .. I found this:
So, he got another hour of sleep and then we went to breakfast with a very sleepy, grumpy kid. At least he liked the grilled salmon and ate both our portions. Somehow he is not touching rice these days .. Maybe the furikake is not the kind he likes.
[update 8:32 PM]: Today’s sleep patterns were even more mixed up as we were on the road again. He slept one hour from 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM … we had to wake him up for breakfast. Then he slept half an hour on the bus from 11:20 AM on … it took us until 3 PM to reach our hotel in Ginza, and while he looked sleepy, he did not fall asleep again.
Then the Japanese grandparents came to visit and that was of course way more interesting than sleeping … we had hopes that we can keep him up until a more decent sleeptime .. but alas, he crashed at 5:30 PM, just when we were deciding what we should do about dinner … We tried to wake him up again at 7PM .. but no chance .. do .. he has been sleeping for 3 hours now and I am curious when he will wake (us) up tomorrow morning…
Here a picture of us 3 sleep deprived zombies at dinner (nice Japanese isakaya style food, yum)
I think this is going to be my first new years eve since early childhood that I am just going to sleep through .. Good night !