January 2010


Lagging Behind…

I am one of the strangest people I know because everything I’ve read says that time shifting from Europe to America should be easy as pie and going from America to Europe takes days.

The thing is, when I fly from America to Europe, the next morning I am on European time, but when I fly from Europe to America, it takes me at least two nights, if not longer, to convert to US time.

This trip has been especially difficult, which I can blame in part with to my apartment troubles. I’d actually come to America with a plan—get to Indy, get to my friend’s house, take a shower, eat a light meal, and go to bed relatively early. I knew that I would wake up early, but because I didn’t have early morning plans, I would lie in bed and drift for an hour or two.

Unfortunately while I fell asleep at 10pm and slept like a rock, when I woke up at 2:15 and shortly thereafter realized that I had about an hour to try and prevent the break-in back home.

To say that I was stressed might be an understatement and while everything has come out in the wash without any damage, I only got about an hour more sleep that morning, followed by another nap later in the morning.

While I did, ultimately, go to bed at a reasonable hour that evening, I still woke up in the middle of the night—and while I was relaxed enough to stay in bed and chill-out and doze for awhile until it was a reasonable time to get up, the residual jetlag stuck with me through Saturday—I didn’t get enough sleep Friday night and Saturday night I was about to fall asleep at the bar, so I left at 11pm and was completely knocked out before midnight.

I’m hoping that I’m now cured and on local time.

Only time will tell.

4 comments to Lagging Behind…

  • Ambien. Our jet lag cure, although you have considerable more travel experience than we do going back-and-forth between US/Europe.

    • I’m not sure drugs would help me — since I have (virtually) no problems transitioning from the US to Europe, which is a nighttime flight and where you would want Ambien.

      The other direction I think taking drugs on the plane would only keep me up way too late Stateside. I actually transitioned pretty well on my trip to Colorado and Wyoming — so maybe I’d figured out the system. It’s just that on this trip I was a nervous wreck because of the apartment problems.

  • mateo

    For me, the transition from the US to Europe was definitely easier, as well. Since I always have to get up so early for work anyway, waking up wasn’t really at much of a different time, especially if I slept in a bit. And going to the clubs was much easier since it was a much earlier time for my body, I could stay out and have fun later, whereas at home I would have been getting sleepy pretty easily. Of course, now I am getting too old to go out clubbing, so that probably won’t matter much anymore 🙂

  • Michele J

    Weird, I’ve heard exactly the opposite. But Europe to N. America is consistently easier for me. I always seem to arrive in the late afternoon/evening, have a nice dinner and hit the sack. I’ve also had good experience with “going Ambien(t)”, not on the plane but once I arrive and am ready to sleep for the night. They say to take it when you know you can zonk out for a good 8 hours, so I’d be hesitant to do that on the plane. Might be OK on a longer flight say to SFO.

    The other direction is always tough. The worst is the flight that puts me in to Frankfurt at 7 am. After the gauntlet of customs and baggage, I have a 2.5 hour train ride ahead of me, and then the rest of the day to try to stay awake.