It’s the middle of the night in China, I fell asleep after overindulging in noodles and red chilis at the crack of 7:30. And it was New Year’s Eve. I know, I am a party animal. The problem was that I woke up 2 hours later, wide awake. So I got up and here I am. My sister eventually woke up to the sound of all the firecrackers going off and we laughed while we churned out another update for Cole’s website. Either we are punchy or this trip is full of hilarious moments, but we’ve spent a lot of time laughing hysterically.
Onto the travel tip of the day…
Tip #2: Be prepared for a very disrupted sleep cycle. I have tried all sorts of ‘remedies’ for jet lag and haven’t happened upon one that alleviated it completely, but lots of fluids, time spent out in the sunshine, support in China or phone support back home, and an Rx of Lunesta will help greatly.
Not only prepare for how to handle jet lag, but the affects of jet lag. If you’ve never been to China, or some place in a completely different time zone, let me tell you, it’s like PMS. Times twenty. It hasn’t failed yet, every time I’ve been to China I have had at least a day or two when I just come undone. I cry. I weep. I miss my kids and husband so badly it’s all I can do to not get on a plane back home. Heck, on those days I miss everything about home, even down to the crumbs on the kitchen floor and the laundry piled high. And reminiscing only brings more tears. But then you sleep, at last, and the fog lifts and it’s a new day. Just keep in mind that if you are having ‘one of those days’, to be kind to yourself. Seek out help whether it’s your travel partner, or a person you trust back home. And remember not to take your feelings too seriously. When I was in China for Jude I honestly contemplated, for just a milli-second, “what the heck have I gotten myself into? Our family into?” And it was just because I was so anxious, so sleep deprived and so ‘out of my element’. Of course, it didn’t help that Jude was covered in a fungus and bug bites and had a completely misshapen head, but it was truly all me because after a long talk with my husband and my sister followed by a good night’s sleep, all of my anxieties had melted away. And I couldn’t love that little buggar any more than I do, he adds so much joy to our family. Nuff said ’bout him because I’m gonna start to cry.
Of course, there are people who seem to be impervious to the effects of jet lag. My husband, for one. Which makes all my symptoms appear that much more acute. It really stinks to be surrounded by the sound of snoring when you’re counting tiles on the ceiling. But if you are prepared for it when it strikes (and chances are it will) you’ll be able to handle the affects better. And that is better for everyone