The Not-So-Fun Experience of Recovering
from Jet Lag
On Tuesday at around 4:30pm, I landed at LAX.
If you have been following my recent blogs, you’ll know that I spent the last ten days on
assignment in Turkey.
I had an amazing time. Turkey is such a beautiful country...and I must confess I became a Kebap
junkie while I was there.
But alas, the trip came to an end and I hopped on a 13 hour ﬂight back from Istanbul to the
States....and thus started the process of recovering from jet lag.
Recovering from Jet Lag...What the Heck is It?
Jetlag is this nasty, awful thing that happens to you when you travel because your internal body
clock gets out of whack when traveling through time zones.
Webster’s deﬁnes jet lag as:
a condition that is characterized by various psychological and physiological effects (as fatigue
and irritability), occurs following long ﬂight through several time zones, and probably results
from disruption of circadian rhythms in the human body—called also jet fatigue
Or simply put...your own special kind of post-travel hell.
For added pleasure, you get to experience this on both sides of your trip...recovering from jet lag
when you arrive at your destination and when you come home.
Recovering from jet lag can be a drag because you never know when or how it’s going to
For most people, it’s extreme fatigue that comes out of nowhere, followed by rounds of insomnia
when you should be enjoying a peaceful night's sleep.
The Dreaded Process of Recovering from Jet Lag
There’s not a whole lot you can do here.
Just suck it up and deal.
Kind of like a hangover.
I wish I had better news.
The best thing you can do is try to get your body acclimated as quickly as possible to the new
Spend as much time in the sun as you can so that your body knows it’s daytime and then try to
stay awake during the daylight hours.
For me, it always seems to hit me the worst when I come home. The severity really depends on
the time zone I traveled to and the length of the ﬂight.
The good news is I have never had a problem when traveling within the continental United
So if you tend to travel within the country, recovering from jet lag shouldn’t be so bad.
I was in Europe. I had a 13 hour ﬂight and Istanbul is 10 hours ahead of Los Angeles.
So recovering from jet lag is tricky because your days for nights have switched.
Your body thinks its night when it is day and vice versa.
So it doesn’t know what to do.
At least mine doesn’t.
For the ﬁrst 48 hours, I can literally fall asleep standing up and then pace the room at 3 o’clock
in the morning because I can’t sleep.
(although you can get a lot accomplished during those quiet hours)
Then the weird food cravings....
(no, not those kind)
I woke up hungry as hell at at 4:30 in the morning.
It’s crazy, but for some reason I cannot stop eating...I am hungry all the time.
I really hope this ends soon before I have to go shopping for bigger clothes...yikes!
How long does this last, you ask?
It’s about one day for every time zone traveled. So the further you go, the longer the recovery
Aside from the erratic sleep, it’s not so bad on the ﬁrst part of the trip.
I’m usually so excited to be in a new place that I don’t notice too much.
It’s only on the return where recovering from jet lag seems to be a beast.
All of that travel just piles up at once.
I’m doing my best to get back on track as described....
...Although, I actually just woke up from an unscheduled nap, oops!...
I ﬁgure I’ll be recovering from jet lag for a few more days and then I’ll be as good as new!
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Original Article by: Kalei Beamon