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Like many of us, I love to travel and have faced jet lag after trips to Australia or even Greece. It has always taken me a day or two of sleeplessness to kind of get my "mojo" back, but this time is way different. Why then was this time so different? That is the question I've been asking myself and have come to the conclusion that I can blame most of it on reading. Yep, reading.
Here are the things I vow not to do next time I travel:
- Read until 2 am for the two weeks prior to a trip. Hawaii is four hours behind MST, so I was essentially going to bed at 6 am! No wonder I can't go to sleep now that I'm back.
- Get so sucked into a book that I don't sleep even for five minutes on an overnight flight. Next time, I will find a way to FORCE myself to put the book down and get a little shut eye before landing.
- Use reading as a way of nodding off at "normal" bed time here. Why? It doesn't work! It's still terribly early to my internal clock, and although I'm bone tired, my brain is fully engaged and willing to keep reading.
- Finally (not related to reading), not schedule early morning appointments once I get back. I always used to just jump right back into the schedule of the place I traveled to, but this has only made me more tired, and ready for a good nap about mid-morning.
Has reading ever caused you jet lag? Any advice for the newly titled "Jet Lag Pansy" that I now claim for myself?