I’m just fresh off an international trip, and I’ve got jet lag pretty bad. Waking up at four in the morning is never a fun thing. I even tried to do all the things correctly, like staying up all the way to the night in order to get my body back on track. It just seems though that I’m just getting more more tired and getting less and less sleep. Usually I’ll try not to take a nap upon returning in the hope that I’ll get my body back on track quickly. However, this time nothing seems to be working and the prospect of waking up with only five hours of sleep each day is pretty brutal.
I’ve read all the articles about adjusting your body ahead of time before you go, and eating meals a certain time, but I found that none of this really works for me. I don’t sleep on planes, mostly because I’m always traveling in economy and due my height I don’t really ever find a comfortable position.
So I usually just stay up the entire time, and try to muster the strength to make it all the way to the night at my destination. From there I go to sleep and that usually works pretty good for me.
For whatever reason though, this time it’s been pretty brutal.
You can certainly get a lot of things done early in the morning with everyone still asleep, lots of paperwork to do there’s always work and catching up on TV shows.
I suppose I could actually start doing some sort of exercise routine or doing other things that would be much more productive but I just end up watching TV or doing something else.
Which brings me to the question, what do you do in order to get rid of jet lag on your return from international trip? Other things that you have found successful that perhaps I’m missing? I love to hear your antidotes to getting rid of jet lag quickly.