On normal days I wake with the changing light of days dawning. That lightening of the eastern sky that precedes the actual dawn triggers something in my brain. Whether I actually get out of bed is another matter.If I do get up then i am almost always up to stay. I have seen a lot of beautiful sun rises by choice and occupational necessity.Another occupational necessity involves travel to different time zones and the first few days of waking up in a new time zone.The dreaded Jet Lag. Getting up early is good.You get to see the whole day but getting up before you are ready can throw your body into turmoil.
Everyone has their methods for dealing with Jet lag and I have even heard a few people suggest that jet lag is only an imagined condition. Its not imagined,its real. It was real for our dog a few days ago. Zoey had crossed 3 time zones and even though she had been fed about 3 hours later than normal she was still up at four thirty the next day wondering why her seven thirty breakfast had not been served.
This morning I awoke at 03:30. I had tried my best to stay awake as long as I could the night before but by nine p.m. I was sound asleep. The flight had been a bad one with cold air descending on me to the point that I wore my sweater and wrapped up in a blanket.No sleep on the flight and I had the only non functioning entertainment monitor on the whole over booked flight. Just lucky,I guess.The night prior to last had been a west coast to east coast trip and I had gone to bed at midnight or 9 p.m. west coast time and woke at five thirty or two thirty west coast time. Following my too early wake up with a cramped cold flight and staying awake for about 34 hours, still did not allow me to sleep for more than six and a half hours. I feel ok today and if I can avoid napping and stay up till maybe ten p.m. it may only be one or two days before I recover.
Some trips are better than others and east to west travel is usually easier for jet lag. I’ll find out if that is the case in thirteen more days. Wish me luck.