I’ll admit it.
I always thought jet lag was some made up term to account for the post vacation blues. Just a phrase that was thrown around haphazardly without much meaning or merit.
Well, I’m not ashamed to admit it.
I was wrong.
Since returning from Italy I’ve felt “off.”
Every day this week I’ve fallen asleep in the couch at 7:30 PM and have slept straight through the night.
According to Mayo Clinic, jet lag (aka desynchronosis) is
…a temporary sleep disorder that can affect anyone who quickly travels across multiple time zones. Jet lag is caused when your body’s internal clock or circadian rhythms, which tell your body when to stay awake and when to sleep in the old time zone, are out of sync with cues from the new time zone, such as light exposure and dining times. The more time zones crossed, the more likely you are to experience jet lag.
Jet lag can cause daytime fatigue, an unwell feeling, difficulty staying alert and gastrointestinal problems.
Check, check and check!
I didn’t feel the effects of jet lag while in Italy because time was in my favor. 6PM there is only noon here and I was wide awake, alert and ready to go. My days were so jam packed with activities I really didn’t have time to be tired.
However, returning home my body is now ready for bed at 7PM here which is 1AM there, pretty much the time I was getting to sleep on vacation.
Now it all makes sense.