My naughty children mocking my jet lag!

I fully expected that my body would violently protest my return trip home after nine weeks in Italy, and I was proven right! Spencer and I have now been home a week and I have finally beaten my internal beast called jet lag. Italy is six hours ahead of Indiana and our three flights home followed the sun.  Since I didn’t sleep a wink on any of the planes I thought that I’d be able to get my body clock back on track right away landing at 10pm Indianapolis time.  I was so wrong. On our first night home I managed to sleep until 6am and woke up feeling like I had been hit by a Mack truck, all eighteen wheels. Despite six hours of uninterrupted slumber I was unconscious in my bed by 5:30pm that first full day home.

Airline food (It actually wasn’t bad)

I tried to follow the rules of beating jet lag, eating meals on my flights, going outside for lots of fresh air, taking bike rides with Spencer, trying to avoid naps and keeping the corks in my wine bottles.  My body laughed at these feeble attempts.


The score stands at Jet lag 1—Jeanie 0.  If you’re wondering, Spencer bounced back immediately. He played outside everyday and still managed to stay awake until 8:30pm to 9:00pm every night. Luckily my two teenagers had pity on their severely jet lagged Mom and made sure Spencer was put to bed without burning down the house the first few nights home while I sawed logs! (Don’t panic, Spencer is not a pyromaniac–“burning down the house” is a family joke).  Thankfully my week of torment has ended and I have regained control of my body clock! With two more trips to Italy planned before next summer I know this will become a battle of wits I will eventually win … Jeanie vs. Jet lag!


    Debra Kolkka

    I never get jet lag…ever, and my trip to and from Italy is about 30 hours and a 9 hour time difference. I don’t even think about it.

    August 15, 2015 at 5:05 pm
      Jeanie Beck

      You are so lucky! I have no trouble going to Italy, but every time I come home it takes me one full week to recover.

      August 15, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    Me either, I barely get jet lag when I travel and I am lucky. I have been traveling the world for the last 10 years now and I dont allow myself to be like that. If it takes a week to recover that means I lose days and time to be out there and discover more places.

    August 16, 2015 at 2:03 pm
      Jeanie Beck

      I’m hoping that since I have 3 big trips planned over the next year I can train my body to defeat jet lag.

      August 16, 2015 at 2:06 pm

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