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Jet Lag and Me

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"Mom, why don't youuu eatttt lllluuuuuuuuccccccccchhh?" I looked through my droopy eyes trying to understand what my son was saying. I could comprehend the eat part but missed the lunch part. I dozed off again, skipping my lunch and dinner only to wake up and eat breakfast. It was the third day after my arrival from India. My flight started at 7 in the morning Indian time for which I had to start from home at 3:30 for which I had to wake up at 2 to shower and get ready.

The previous night after the last minute packing I finally went to bed at 1 in the morning only to wake up an hour later. We landed at 12:30 London time in Heathrow airport and boarded the flight back at 3:30. We sat on the runway due to some technical problems for almost four hours doing absolutely nothing but waiting inside the stuffy flight. Yes, they do turn off the air conditioning while on the runway. But they did not give any food or water while we were waiting for the plane to take off. Finally, we took off at around 4:30 London time to land in Phoenix at 9:40 in the night instead of 6:30 in the evening. By the time we claimed our baggage and got out it was around 11. We reached home at 12 midnight and by the time I took a shower and ate my dinner (or breakfast) it was around 2 a.m. Phoenix time which was about 3:30 afternoon Indian standard time. I was wide awake and the whole house was asleep. It took me five days to get back to somewhat normal timing. My body is still trying to fight with me to adapt to the new timings as I write this now. I am suffering with what is called jet lag.

Jet lag is a condition that the body goes through when a person travels through different time zones. It could be traveling inside the country where the difference in time from place to place may vary from an hour to several hours, or traveling internationally which makes a difference of at least 10 hours or more. It normally takes a person anywhere from one to two weeks to get adapted to the new timings after they arrive. Some people get adjusted faster than the others depending on the condition of their body and general health.

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