Jetlag and all its Fluttery Doodly

Jetlag, who doesn’t hate it?

A few days ago I started my journey back home and decided to apply a theory which I read somewhere. So I was travelling from Europe to Asia, and by the time I arrived in Asia (Singapore) it would already be night. The theory was to stay awake as much as you can on the plane so by the time I reached Singapore, I would just snooze off.

That was the theory.

So in the spirit my proving my theory, I took a cup of coffee in CDG. Out of context for a second, is there anyone out there who agrees that CDG is confusing? And that the airport has nothing, well at least that’s how it was for me. First flight, Paris – Doha, was easy peasy lemon squeezy. I was awake the whole flight and was pampered with delicious food throughout the whole journey. I took another coffee, you know just in case. I have to say it was an accomplishment since I usually sleep as soon as I sat down.

After a slight panick attack in Doha airport and a little bit of running around (only less than an hour of transit), I finally sat myself down for the next batch of flight, Doha – Singapore. This time not so successfull. Was awake for half of the flight but slept for 2 hours or so.

As I reached Singapore at 20.00, my friend took me for a delicious meal and I was kind of still not tired. We chatted for ages, that’s what you get when you haven’t seen your best friend in 10 months, then finally managed to sleep at 04.00. I woke up 2 hours later to catch my flight to Yogyakarta.

As a result, theory failed. I spent more than 16 hours sleeping at home (in my oh-so-comfy bed) and it’s definitely the worst jet lag I have ever had. Oh well.

Will try my next theory for the flight back to Europe which is to stay sleep as much as possible. Well, that should be easy, my speciality.

Anyone out there knows any effective jetlag theory that is worth trying? Drop a comment below!

6 Comment

  1. MY theory, which was well proven in the last two months, is to just follow the timing of where you are… i.e. if you are arriving back in Europe early morning, then stay up the whole day and only go to sleep when it’s time to go to bed. If you are arriving at night, however, stay awake during the flight so you’ll reach and go to sleep.

    Also, no caffeine… drink loads of water/juice ONLY. And try to get a lot of sun if you arrive during the day.

    1. Aiko! Thanks for the wonderful tips which I shall try on my flight back to France, although I can’t promise you the no caffeine rule…I need to have my daily dose of coffee sadly!

  2. I just returned from a 3.5 week that took me around the world. I may have experienced a bit of jet lag during the first two stops (Newfoundland, Canada -> Dubrovnik, Croatia and Croatia -> Seoul, South Korea) but the jet lag didn’t body slam me until I came home, crossing 12 time zones in the process (Tokyo -> Newfoundland). It took me a full week to get over it. For the first couple days I felt almost hungover and exhaustion would hit in the early afternoon. Then day by day I noticed it would hit later and later. 7 days back and I was finally on schedule again. Threw off my eating as well since my body didn’t know when it was supposed to eat or what meal to have. Jet lag’s a bitch.

    1. Crossing 12 time zones? Must’ve been hard for you. You’re right, it was like a hungover and absolutely true about the eating though it wasn’t a big deal as I’m more flexible on eating. Oh the joys of travelling! 🙂

  3. I got with Aiko’s rule too, just prepare the day before to be on a new time. Even if you don’t feel tired, go to bed (and your body will probably, happily oblige).

    I mean no matter what, you’ll feel jetlag, but if you can get yourself in a semi-normal time routine on that first day, then you have a head start.

    1. My fly from Europe back to Asia this summer was just no sleep at all, usually I sleep but this time for some reason I didn’t.
      In the end I got really tired but you’re right even if I do sleep, the jetlag effect will still be there.

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