Jet lag

Travelling from Australia to Germany, I had no jet lag.

If may be because the direction of travel – west. Or maybe because we had a day stopover in Hong Kong where we raced around madly and thus I slept for much of the next leg.

Coming home, I was hit with a big dose of jet lag. Just couldn’t adjust my body clock.

The flights home themselves were fine. Two long, but almost equal, legs. I didn’t sleep much on the first – just a couple of hours. On the second leg, I slept for about three or four hours.

We arrived home at about 11.30pm. I didn’t go to bed until about 2.30am. Spent the time talking with my sons, unpacking the bag, reading, washing clothes.

I only slept for three hours. Woke feeling hungry.

And then I had to get moving. I had a hairdresser’s appointment and other chores to do. I was shaking I was so tired and fell asleep for a bit at the hairdressers.

Got home about 2pm and crashed. Slept soundly for three hours. Which then put me out for the night.

Didn’t go to bed until way after midnight. I was tired but just couldn’t sleep. So I took some melatonin which helped me sleep soundly. But only for about five hours.

Woke early. But felt heavy and tired. Just couldn’t get up and going so read in bed. I slept in the middle of the day and generally slothed around.

I have done everything wrong to avoid, and get over, jet lag.

Mr S is fine. When he got on the plane, he adjusted his watch go Sydney time. And immediately forced himself to “be” in Sydney time. He slept most of the first leg – it was night in Sydney after all. (Mr S has the ability to shut his eyes and fall asleep instantly.)

He slept for some of the second leg. But as it was day in Sydney, he didn’t want to sleep too much. When we got home, he didn’t stay up as long as I did. He also didn’t run around madly doing personal chores on the first day; then he went to bed and got up at his usual time.

Yes, he was tired but didn’t feel all out of sorts. (Until he got a head cold.)

Ever had jet lag? How do you avoid it? Recover from it?

PS: My trip is over. People who recently followed my blog, I hope you’ve enjoyed my scratching. You may want to drop off now as I blither about things such as decluttering, gardening, going plastic free and more frivolous things, such as eyebrows. I will return to travel in January, with an upcoming trip to California.

8 thoughts on “Jet lag

  1. I think Mr S has the right idea, although it is not a guarantee. Those long-haul flights are the price we pay for living in Australia, aren’t they? I am so envious of anyone who can sleep easily on planes, those that sit down and are asleep almost before take-off.
    And welcome back!

    • Thank you for the welcome back.

      I often fall asleep before take off when I fly to Qld. Normally because I’m so exhausted from work. But I don’t have Mr S’s skill of sleeping on demand the moment I shut my eyes.

  2. I’ve had some horrid jetlag!

    I tend to chose to fly into Sydney in the evening so I can sleep “soon”. But when I got a business leg from the Middle East to Sydney, I was so well rested and couldn’t sleep that night in Sydney 😦 more recently I got a cold and wasn’t working so just was awake when I wanted to be and not when I didn’t. I heard the very subdued sounds of the metro boring!

    It’s definitely worst flying from here to US; and back here from Europe.

  3. California!!! I didn’t know about that one! I’m excited for you all over again!

    Jet lag back to Australia is the absolute worst. I had zero jetlag flying into Europe (both times.) But the jetlag coming back was like a physical illness. The nausea for days. I fell asleep at the steering wheel at traffic lights on Day 3 after returning (pulled over and got a lift home.)

    Mr S has the right idea but it’s sometimes pot luck if you can sleep that first leg…small children nearby, packed in seats etc.

  4. We have a thing where we take an overnight flight to the UK after having worked all day. Rarely get more than 2-3 hours sleep on the plane. Then stay up all day when we arrive and try to stay awake until an early bedtime of about 8 pm. Usually so exhausted we can sleep all night, and then we are sorted to a local time. We don’t seem to have as much difficulty coming back (traveling west).

    I have never taken the long haul flights that you have. I think my longest flights have been about 7-8 hours, haha! If I had to take a flight more than 12 hours I would be tempted to stay overnight somewhere en route.

    • Ha to stopovers for flights longer than 12 hours. My next flight will be Sydney to San Fran direct. It’s over 13 hours. No changing flights. So no stopovers.

      I think travel eastwards is the one that gives jet lag.

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