Flying in from the US how bad is the jet lag?
Flying in from the US how bad is the jet lag?
Depends on the individual; I start to feel the tiredness around 3 or 4 p.m., then I take about a one hour nap always always setting the alarm for just one hour so not to sleep for 4 or 5 hours and then go to bed around 10-10:30 and by next day, I'm fine but I know people for whom it takes a few days to get over (even if they slept for 8 hours on the way over) and others who have no problem at all with it.
If this is your first international flight, you will learn about how your own response to it.
I find it really depends upon how insane things are the day of departure and how rested I am upon departure and whether I get any sleep on the flight (never). I actually prefer red-eye flights and am able to reset my clock easier.
I seem to recall that you are headed to Venice. We found it so fascinating that we were wide awake for over 40 hours. Just take great care in not driving or doing anything that might be dangerous if drowsy.
I find the jet lag much worse coming back from Europe to the US. Maybe it's just because I'm so excited to be in Venice that it doesn't feel as bad as it does when I get back. And it gets worse the older I get. But each individual is different. And I'm on the west coast so the time difference is nine hours.
As stated, Venice is so fascinating that you should be out and about absorbing the sights and try to stay up till what would be a normal time for you.
Have a wonderful time.
Concur ith MomCat. Have flown overnight from New York into Heathrow and gone straight into work. Falling asleep about 4pm local time but back to normal after a couple of hours nap in the hotel.
Nissana, I'm with you :-(( but I live on the east coast and the jet lag coming home always gets to me. When I go, the flight from Philly leaves 6:30 p.m. our time with arrival in Rome at 7:30 A.M. their time. On my arrival day, I'm good to go until about 8 p.m., then I go to sleep get up at 6 a.m. (my usual US time). On my last trip, it took me 2 days back home to get back in sync.
ChefSara - drink plenty of water on the plane to stay hydrated. I also change my watch to Italy time. (hey, it works for me)
It always takes me at least three days once I'm back home to start to get back to normal; going over is much easier for me too. It's just that when I return home at around 5 p.m., it's really about 10 p.m. there - and it is a real effort for me to force myself to stay up until even 8 p.m. at that point - so, much harder adjustment for me.
Yes to lots of water and walking around as much as you can while on the plane - I always get an aisle seat so I can get up a lot and move around.
coming home I am fine -- but I really feel it flying east. the most important thing for me is to be very well rested the night before because I know I won't be sleeping much on the plane. then I don't worry about sleep on the plane -- I try to zone out and rest but don't expect to fall asleep.
we spend as much time in the sun as possible on the arrival day and have an early dinner and go to bed. or sometimes we take a 90 minute nap and then stay up till the usual time.
I find that a sleeping pill for the first night or two is really helpful as even when exhausted I have trouble sleeping sometimes when making the transition. I now take a sleeping pill the first and often the second night and then am good for the rest of the time.
There are dozens of programs, ideas, and pills to combat jet lag. It seems to be a very individual matter. I recover after a day going from San Francisco to Europe. Coming back it takes me longer. I find that I cannot sleep on a plane, so I start getting rested two or three days in advance. Flights leave SFO around 3 or 4 pm and arrive around 8 am (London, Paris and Rome). We just go and get settled. We may take a one hour nap (no longer) at around 4 p.m., have an early dinner and then bed around 8 p.m. The next day we are not at 100% but not bad either. I find that sleeping pills are not helpful. Eating lightly and limiting alcohol helps.
We are another couple that has no problem on flights East (US mountain and desert southwest time zones) to Italy. The flights from the international airports after a 5 0r 6 hour flight from home, (to JFK or Atlanta) are usually the overnighters. I rest but really don't sleep. We hit the ground (or the car rental places) on local time and just go on with the day. A carb laden dinner that first night, we sleep well and we are ready to go in the morning.
The reverse travel is just the opposite, even though we arrive back home late, it takes a few days to get the sleep, alert & functioning patterens back to somewhat normal. But as several have mentioned, we're all different, and it is an individual learning process.
The best for us is to not nap, take advantage of daylight to have our personal body rhythms adjust!
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