Jet Lag

I hate jet lag. It seems to have gotten worse for me than it used to be. When I first moved here and returned from a trip to the States all I needed was one good night of sleep and I was pretty much back to normal. I’ve read that you should never take a nap on the day of arrival either but I always did that and did just fine. Now it seems to take at least five days to get back to a normal schedule of sleep. We are into the fourth day from our arrival back in Paris. The first night I got up at 4 AM, went back to bed at 6 AM and slept until 10:30. The next morning I made it until 5 AM. Last night we made the mistake of watching a football game on TV in our bedroom. I fell asleep around 11 PM and awoke at 2 AM to find Maurice still awake watching the TV. When he got up at 3 AM for a trip to the bathroom the bed side light woke me up shining in my eyes. At times like this I wish we hadn’t knocked down that wall to the second bedroom. I finally got up at 5:30 while Maurice slept until 11. I’m hoping tonight is the night it all becomes regular again but I don’t see how. I know it will all pass and return to normal soon.

I’m not sure what this means but I saw it in a window and thought it was rather funny.

7 thoughts to “Jet Lag”

  1. I hate long distance airplane travel and always dread it. I become so dehydrated, although that’s not listed as one of the chief hazards probably. It takes ages to get over the digestion problems, especially considering the quality of airplane food. I try to fly within Europe during the day whenever possible, but it seems so many flights starts a 6am. It’s just a nasty way to get around anymore and I much prefer the car, even if it does “take longer.” It’s more civilised. Interesting advertisement. I’m guessing it says, “Which would you rather give up?” Perhaps referring to whether you’d rather give up soaking your teeth and also get a better night’s sleep? Or whether you are just pampering a set of false teeth all the time instead of yourself. Maybe an ad for implants?

  2. Ugh, you just reminded me how tired I’ll be at the end of the month when we come back from the States. It’s not nearly as bad going there, at least. But coming back’s a real bitch and a half, huh? I feel your pain.

  3. I always find my third day going East is the worst. That’s when I want to sleep all day. Always easier for me coming back west from Euro.

  4. I found it much worse than I expected. I thought that because I’m only in my mid-thirties that I’d bounce back quickly. I was wrong! Maybe it’s because I’ll be in my late thirties next year…

  5. Oh Linda, I certainly empathize. I tried once or twice not to take naps and to follow a “normal” routine, but it didn’t work. In the end I gave it up and decided to sleep when I was tired and eat when I was hungry, regardless of the time. It still took a while to return to normal, but I didn’t feel awful while I was adjusting. Of course I had to get up and get to work, but if I felt like sleeping as soon as I got home that is what I did!

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