J is for Jet Lag

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Although I am blogging about my adventures in New York for this April challenge, this wasn’t the only place that I visited in the summer of 2013.

Connecticut, Boston, Toronto and Vancouver were also on the list of destinations that we would visit.

Sightseeing and meeting members of the family that I had never encountered before meant that it really was a three week adventure, rather than a holiday.

We used the transportation of cars and planes to carry out  our schedule. We flew from Boston to Toronto, Toronto to Vancouver and flew home from Vancouver which was an even longer flight than our Manchester to New York outbound flight.

With all of that flying, and all of the different time zones it was inevitable that jet lag would kick in at some point.

Now I had never experienced jet lag before, given that my previous flights were all around Europe and I think the longest flight I had taken was three hours.

Jet lag hit me like a baseball bat when I flew back to Manchester from Vancouver.

Thank goodness the next day was a Bank Holiday Monday as I felt absolutely dreadful. I felt like all of the energy had been drained out of me and the simplest task such as making a cup of tea felt like a real physical effort.

I couldn’t eat and remember my speech being affected too. It was the most peculiar thing. The energy drain only lasted 24 hours. This was followed by waking up in the middle of the night and being fully awake. In contrast to the afternoon when I could have quite easily fallen asleep at my desk.

At work I had our exam reassessment board a couple of days later and thinking I wouldn’t be able to get through it as I felt so exhausted.

Luckily the jet lag seemed to go after a few weeks. A small price to pay for having had the adventure of a lifetime.

One thought on “J is for Jet Lag

    stephie5741 said:
    April 12, 2014 at 1:43 am

    I’ve heard of jet lag, but I didn’t realize it could last that long and be that serious. I thought it just meant you were a little groggy when you return. I remember going to England…the trip back was horrible. I had pinkeye (weird thing to get from Europe, huh?) and the return flight was delayed at O’Hare Airport for something like 5 hours…so we traveled for something like 18 hours to get home when it should have just been the 8 hour flight, then the short flight from Chicago to Nashville. If it weren’t for flying, I’d love to travel!

    Visiting from the A to Z blog signup page. Great to meet you!

    Stephanie Faris, author


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