GENCON 2014 attendance was over 56,000 for four days of gaming in Indianapolis, Indiana. A lot of the attendees arrived from far away destinations via airplanes, cars, buses, and by foot (seriously dedicated gamers).
Everyone has heard about jet lag. This is when crossing several time zones can result in throwing the circadian rhythms out of balance from high speed travel. Jet lag last until the individual has adjusted to the new time zone.
But what about convention lag (con lag)? When one has been at a wonderful convention for several days, living out dreams, fantasies, and being with their own kind, only to have to return to the old life before the convention? What can be done to cope with con lag?
Sleep. One of the best ways to help convert con laggers back to real time. Con laggers will need to get one extra hour of sleep per day of con attended. Those that attend all four days will want to add four extra hours each day to convert back to a normal schedule.
Water. That clear stuff that makes up most of the planet and depending on where an individual lives, may or may not be something that is considered a desired drink, but down several eight ounce glasses of water and that will help rehydrate a desiccated gamer into a spot check passing, 9-5 normal human dayshift worker.
Withdrawal. Very hard to quit 24/7 gaming cold turkey come Monday. Do it slowly. Continue to play short hour sessions, carry a d20 as a worry stone, and go to social media to meet up with new friends and stay in touch.
Con lag does happen and the euphoria may erupt into depression. Individuals experiencing this can reach out on social media sites where other convention attendees are blogging, tweeting, Facebooking, etc., and stay in contact. We are all out here. Just like a family reunion, we all will be there next year.
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