A Few Things I Don’t Like About Jet Lag

There is nothing quite like recovering from East Asia jet lag. It’s just…different. We’re better, but not quite back to normal. So here is what I don’t like about jet lag: (feel free to chime in if you’ve been there, done that)

1. Waking up in the middle of the night, feeling as if it morning, and being completely disoriented. The first night back, I walked to our bedroom doors that lead to the backyard thinking I was going to be looking out of my hotel room. I had no idea where I was in my own bedroom and it took me a while to figure it out. Yuck.

2. Fighting the afternoon nap. If you nap, it screws everything up. So for the first few days I cleaned the house, organized some closet drawers, ironed clothes, took things across town to the recycler, and basically was frantic to stay busy. Of course, I did it all in a strange fog, but things got done and I didn’t nap.

3. Feeling hungry at odd times. Everyone has no appetite at dinner, but we are starving at bedtime.

4. Trying to carry on conversations when all you can think about is crawling under the covers. During the day, when everyone else in this time zone is completely awake and able to function intelligently, I am struggling to finish sentences while I think about what it would feel like to lay my head on pillow.

So I think we’re past the worst of it. Some people say that it takes as many days to recover as time zones you passed through. We went through 10 time zones, so that means we are halfway home. I guess I’ll know that we’re fully back when Kyle and I stop dreaming about China every night.

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