Jet lag sucks. Really a lot. Especially when you live in the Pacific Time Zone, regardless of whether it’s daylight savings or standard time.
For the past three weeks, I’ve been living in a time zone ten hours ahead of what I am used to. Going there was just fine, since we arrived in the early evening. We were able to just settle in the hotel room and crash, then wake up (fairly) normally the next morning.
But coming home is more and more of an adjustment every time. We arrived home late in the evening Pacific Time, so you would think that after being up for around 24 hours straight, I would have hit the bed and slept the sleep of the dead.
I awoke at 1:30 am. Then again at 4:30 am. At which point I realized that I was not going to beat this immediately, so I got up, went downstairs and made coffee. DD arrived downstairs shortly afterward, as discombobulated as I.
I got through the day, all the way to 10 pm. I shall sleep well now, I thought, as I plumped my pillows and nestled in.
I awoke at 5:30 am. Better, but not the best. I got up, went downstairs and made coffee. DD joined me shortly afterwards.
Again, I got through the day, but now I was noticing all sorts of aches and pains and even some dizziness. This makes sense, I said to myself as I crawled into bed at 10 pm, you are still recovering from the time change. And also, don’t forget, self, that you put your back out somehow while in Crete, so although it is better, you still do need to visit the chiropractor. So make that appointment tomorrow – and have a good sleep tonight.
I awoke at 6:30 am. Again, some improvement noted, but more is necessary. And again, more aches and pains. But this time, I was able to drift back to sleep until 9 am. Which may not have been a good idea, since my back is aching even more. (Yes, the chiropractor appointment has been made for later this afternoon.) DD, on the other hand, went downstairs and made the coffee at 6 am. Which also meant that by the time I got myself to the kitchen, there wasn’t much left – and it was getting cold already.
And so the past several days have gone for me. Maybe I’ll get a restful sleep tonight? Maybe the back adjustment will help?
Jet lag sucks. Or did I already say that? I can’t remember things really well right now …