Before my sleeper bus experience, I had never imagined being asked to take my shoes off as I entered a public bus. But when you get on an overnight sleeper bus, it makes a lot of sense. An attendant held out a black plastic bag for me to place my shoes in, and I continued barefoot down the aisle to my very own reclined sleeper seat.
In 2014 I applied for the Ministries of Spain Auxiliares program on a whim. I was also considering teaching in Asia for programs like EPIK and HESS. I had promised myself I was going wherever I got an offer first because I had to get out of the USA. The day the email came telling me I had a position in Spain I couldn’t believe it. I was going to be living in Ibiza!
Everything happened pretty quickly since I got my carta mid-summer. I had to quit my full-time job, sell all my furniture, get the Spanish student visa in Chicago, and physically move to Spain! But of course, there were some worries. I had no idea what healthcare in Spain would be like. As a person with Narcolepsy, I knew what I needed but I had no idea what would actually be available to me. Honestly, I was pleasantly surprised.
Prepare before leaving for Spain
We all know we work hard to maintain our keto lifestyles while we are at home. So why not continue that habit when we travel? Sure it takes a little extra effort, but we do keto for the amazing health benefits, and we want to feel good and enjoy the trip whether it’s for work or pleasure. So here are some quick and dirty tips for keto travel if you are feeling uninspired! Remember not everyone has the same restrictions or macro goals so check the label before you pack!
Low carb road trip snacks
Low carb road trip snacks with a cooler
Keto airplane snacks
Low carb non refrigerated snacks
Low carb snacks to buy at the grocery store
Low carb snacks that require preparation
Keto product recommendations
Keto travel tips
If you are planning to visit Myanmar, it is likely you will need a tourist visa, or Myanmar Social Visa in order to enter the country. Don’t get confused by the conflicting information on the internet about this issue. If you are entering the country, you likely need to apply for a visa before you arrive no matter how short your stay. Although technically they will stamp the visa in your passport at immigration when you arrive, this eVisa processing is required before entering the country. Please do not ignore this as you can be denied entry and required to fly back to wherever you came from.
Myanmar Visa from an Embassy
You can apply for a Myanmar visa in person at an embassy, but since there are not a lot of embassy options, you may prefer to use the online option.
Can Narcolepsy be cured?
Of course we know at this point, that is not possible. But there are so many different narcolepsy treatments available, we don’t have to give up. Everyone has to find the narcolepsy treatment options that work for them! Some people choose to treat narcolepsy naturally. There are so many ways for us to mitigate our symptoms without taking narcolepsy medication. We want to beat the brain fog, fight fatigue, and take back control over how we feel. This list is about short-term goals! Try one or more of them NOW!
Learn what works for you!
Any and all tips or advice I offer are things that work for SOME people. We all have to pick and choose what is good for us and create our own recipe for success!
Be willing to change. It may be a change in mindset or a change in diet but there are changes you can make that will help you feel better. Do it for yourself!
Please don’t give up! There is a never-ending source of information about non traditional remedies for narcolepsy at your fingertips. Use it and the community to search endlessly for ways to feel better!
- Master proper sleep hygiene. This is important for human beings in general but it is even more important for people with narcolepsy. These tips can help reduce some of the excessive daytime sleepiness associated with narcolepsy. Maybe it is not the same for everyone but these are the key points I see resonating in the narcolepsy community:
- Try to establish a formal sleep schedule, shoot for the same number of hours of sleep each night and try to go to bed and get up at the same time
- Use your bed only for sleep and get up after your alarm goes off in the morning
- Don’t use stimulants like caffeine or electronics with bright lights like TV or your cell phone before bed
- Try to take short naps, only 20-30 minutes Continue reading “5 Things You Can Do NOW to Manage Narcolepsy”