Coffee Chat: Dealing with Time Zones and Jet Lag

Happily…. I am back or am I?  Haha.  I just have two words for you.  “Jet Lag.”  I know better too.  I learned  from a few decades  of travel how to deal with jet lag, but did I follow my own advice this time?  Nope!  I gave in to that sweet temptation after being awake for over 24 hours  of travel and fell into an incoherent sleep too soon after arriving home.

I find, the best thing to do is not to go to sleep until your regular bedtime.  This really does work.  As hard as it is to not fall into an exhausted heap when you walk through your door.  Don’t do it!.

Of course, quality time with Kitty comes first.  Then the phone calls to let loved ones know that we arrived safely.  Next, I usually have a dinner ready to heat up.  Then comes that urge to sleep.  I work through that by cleaning up the kitchen and immediately unpacking.  By then you usually find a second wind and I personally, do not want to wake up to tripping over open suitcases on the floor and sleepily digging around to find my toothbrush or hairdryer.

Once, the unpacking is done, and items are in their right place. It is finally getting close to bedtime.  Time to take a hot shower to get rid of two days of travel grime, a hot cup of tea and finally…. the welcoming feeling of being back in your own bed.  Slumber time.

That is how I normally deal with international travel and it works when I actually do it.  I would love to know if you have a secret for dealing with  jet lag when travelling in different time zones.

It’s good to be back.  There is so much to catch up with.   So much I want to share and of course am very excited to get to our Christkindlemarkt, cookies to bake, parties to attend and my favorite thing to do, decorate our home for Christmas.    I think next time I may need to plan a bit better if we travel so close to this Holiday.

 

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Marianne

I enjoy sharing bits and pieces of my life here on this blog; whether cooking or baking up some delicious recipe, a little travel or just sitting down to have the occasional chat with you over a fresh steaming cup of coffee (and a homemade cookie, of course! ;-)

3 thoughts on “Coffee Chat: Dealing with Time Zones and Jet Lag”

  1. I found that not drinking any coffee on the day I fly or on the aircraft really helps me. I op for water or cranberry juice and I don’t drink coffee until I get over the first day back. Jet lag sucks!

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    1. That is something I think I will try next time. I tend to go overboard with coffee on travel days, probably not a great thing to do now that I think about it. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. It was so great seeing you guys! Sorry about the jet lag… I remember Mom making me stay up until bedtime when I went to visit you all in Belgium! It was wonderful celebrating Thanksgiving with you and all our sibs!! Love you!

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