It has been exactly one week since I returned from my trip to India to see family there. This is my first time flying from the west coast and the first time flying through Seoul/Singapore as a transit connection to my final destination in Chennai. I am not sure why but this trip has turned into a bit of a jet lag nightmare for me.
I had about 3-4 days jet lag after landing in Chennai where I was up by 2am local time and starting to fade by 4pm. And now that I have returned, all of last week has been a bit of a blur. My usual strategy of sleeping all the way through the return journey and then getting back on track with local time no matter day or night has backfired or, at least, has turned out to be not as effective a tactic as I thought.
I have struggled all last week with trying to find my rhythm with my sleep/wake patterns but to no avail. By mid week, I pretty much decided to just sleep whenever I felt I had to so I didn’t end up with a headache or sleepyhead syndrome. I think I am finally back on track today – I’ve managed to wake up by sunrise to head out for my usual morning walk, have breakfast and shower, and started out with some client emails and blog posts. So far, I am feeling good and hope I have finally made it to my regular routine.
I talked to a few friends about what they usually did when jet lag hit them and have a few suggestions here for you. I am going to need these the next time going by how badly I fared with my current situation. Hope these are helpful for you too, and if you have any others you think I should now, please do share in the comments below. Here goes: