Saturday, 11 January 2020

Jet Lag

"Jet lag, also called desynchronosis, is a temporary disorder that causes fatigue, insomnia, and other symptoms as a result of air travel across multiple time zones. It is considered a circadian rhythm sleep disorder, which is a disruption of the internal circadian clock."

Yep and it's a horrible horrible feeling. Over the years I've travelled to the US, Australia and Singapore and have suffered a wee bit from jet lag when I got home.  But this week has been a whole new ball game. I've been wide awake at 3 am every morning and not able to get back to sleep.  I've HAD to lie down/go to bed at 6pm because the room is spinning and I kept falling over.  The best way to describe it is like being so drunk you can't stay upright.

I managed to go to school every day, thank goodness but I'm so happy it's the weekend now!  Last night I stayed up to 9pm and slept until 6am.  So I'm almost back to my 'normal' sleeping pattern.

Despite the lack of sleep I do quite like being up early before work.  Some mornings I was able to get the household chores done, do a guided meditation and have a long hot shower while deep conditioning my hair! And Emma has enjoyed the extra time I spent with her.

She was 8 this week, officially a senior dog now.  She was well looked after while I was away but it's taken all week for her to get back into my routine.  I'm not sure I'll ever leave her that long again.

I've survived the first week back.  Our new headteacher has arrived, so things are changing.  I'm reserving judgement so far. Oh, and I'm full of a stinking rotten cold already 😒


  1. :-( I don't travel abroad all that muh but jet lag indeed sounds really nasty. Hoping the weekend sorts it out for you. Also that the cold improves.xx

    1. Funny how I pick up bugs/viruses the minute I go back to school! Feeling better jet lag wise so far xxx

  2. Jet lag is the pits and no matter how much you are told to adjust your watch, stay up till night, etc, etc, you just have to get through it. I don't envy you having to go to work as well though. It's bad enough!! Hope you feel 'normal' again soon. x

  3. I found it took me longer to adjust as I got older. Young things are more resilient and bounce back faster.