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November's show: Sleeping into action

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Tokyo's high-tech culture can be perplexing to the jet-lagged traveler.

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(CNN) -- The high performance, hectic schedules and late nights demanded of jet-lagged business travelers are a recipe for poor sleep.

This month's CNN Business Traveller examines how changes to our sleep patterns impact our performance and health.

Sleepless in Tokyo

From a city and a country where one in four people suffer from sleep disorders, the month's show comes from Tokyo. CNN's Richard Quest gives us his own rendition of Lost in Translation.

Wide awake with jet lag, Quest visits the best karaoke in town and spends hours watching Japanese translations of American films.

But what happens when we go without the minimum amount of sleep on a business trip?

Coping without sleep

On average, business travelers sleep a maximum of six hours on a work trip -- not enough say sleep experts.

We put Quest to the test, traveling to Tokyo via the U.S. and then back again.

We monitor his sleep patterns and his performance with the help of sleep experts.

Two people who know how to cope with sleep deprivation -- an air hostess who has flown 10 million miles and a former SAS soldier -- help Quest with essential tips.

Downtime

We head up to a luxury Ryokan traditional Japanese Inn in Yagyu-no-sho, west of Tokyo, to experience authentic customs and culture, most notably the sacred ritual of bathing.

Quest experiences everything from the correct way to bathe through to dinning etiquette and even how to tie a kimono.

Two hours to kill

This section of the show will be with Japanese designer Takahiro Miyashita

Show times

Sunday, November 13: 2030 CET / 2330 HKT

Thursday, November 17: 2130 CET / 2230 HKT

Saturday, November 19: 1930 CET / 2030 HKT

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