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Getting over jet lag July 7, 2011

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On Saturday (July 2), my family and I arrived home from a 10-day trip to Europe. The jet lag that I had after arriving in Europe was *nothing* compared to what I’m experiencing after arriving back home again. The time difference is 7 hours.

It may have to do with how worn out I got during our trip, which was full of rushing around and tending to the kids, especially 2-year-old Mark, all of the time and never really getting a break or down time.

My experience so far, after returning home

  • I am exhausted by 8 p.m. and ready to fall asleep. Unfortunately, Mark isn’t ready to fall asleep until at least 8 p.m.; last night it was 8:45 p.m.
  • Mark is up every day around 5 a.m. This doesn’t leave me much time to catch up on sleep.
  • At times, I feel alert, energetic, and ready to take on the world. I feel motivated to clean, declutter, work on trip photos, and so on. Next thing I know, my energy is gone, my focus and concentration have diminished, and it’s all I can do to lie on the couch and feel miserable. Not miserable like I feel sick, but just miserable from an energy and mood standpoint. I guess that’s what depression feels like. When I think about tending to my photography business, I feel so overwhelmed and “down” that I just have to move on to something else. When I think about planning something for the rest of July (birthday party, family get-together) it just does me in. It doesn’t help that interruptions from the kids are frequent.
  • Mark is, much of the time, unable to entertain himself or be by himself. I chalk this up to jet lag, sleep debt, and adjusting to being back home. This puts more demand on me to be with him, hold him, and manage conflict between him and his older brother, Adam.
Today I am considering putting the kids in front of the TV (netflix) so I can get a break. Definitely not something I would have considered a year or two ago, but I truly need a vacation after getting home from our whirlwind overseas experience.
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3 Responses to “Getting over jet lag”

  1. glip Says:

    I feel your pain…we just got back from a big trip ourselves. I say flip on the t.v. – put on PBS if it makes you feel better! I don’t do it often, but every once in a while I need to reboot, and that’s when the electronic sitter comes in handy.

  2. Domestiç Reclusë Says:

    Ditto what Glip said about the TV, I mean it’s not like you’re doing it everyday for 8hrs straight — so I doubt that their brains will rot in the short time it takes for you to regain “normalcy” from jet lag.

    Here goes my little “useless knowledge” thing… but the number of hours you travel isn’t really as significant in giving a person that jet-lag feeling. They say that traveling north-south gives minimal jet lag (if any) compared to traveling through several timezones — more so when going west-east, even if the north-south trip takes twice as long. (A 10hr flight from Europe to S. Africa doesn’t cause jet lag compared to a mere 5hr flight from the USA’s east to west coast.)

  3. crystal Says:

    We all have to find what works best for us when we need a little downtime. I lived in Germany for a year so I definatly understand the toll a trip can take.


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