Post # 1
So… some bees know… I flew from my current home in Korea back to my original home in the US. Getting married in six days!
But I arrived three days ago and I am experiencing absolutely brutal jet lag. Not just random bouts of exhaustion in the day and insomnia at night, but also feeling starving but then ill every time I eat anything.
I really hope this gets better in the next three days before the really intense busy-ness kicks in.
Any ideas to remedy the stomach problems? That’s the worst part… the rest I can sorta handle but feeling sick every time I eat is such a bummer!
Or share your jet lag stories.
Post # 3
@Bebealways: well I’m a flight attendant by profession… So I often experience this, normally in stride granted. But one shift was really hard, 4am check in, fly down south, return around 9pm in another city, and wait for a flight to come back home. Which was delayed, and I had worked with all new people, full flights,, and I was tired and grouchy, waiting. I couldn’t even drive home after. The best advice I ever got, is sleep when your tired, and eat when your hungry. Don’t try to fit into some “routine” it ain’t going to happen. Hope you feel better soon! Have you tried having some fruit shakes with some fresh ginger blended in?
Post # 4
@Bebealways: So exciting that your wedding is coming up so soon!
I went to China/Tibet for close to a month several years ago (my fiance and I actually met on that trip!), and I remember feeling like complete shit for several days after coming back home. I rarely vomit, and I distinctly remember trying to eat some soup the first night I was back in my apartment and then promptly throwing it back up. It was awful.
I think it got better after maybe the third or fourth day for me, so hopefully you’ll start feeling like yourself again soon. Of course, I wasn’t living in China so it may take your body slightly longer to adjust.
I don’t think I did anything specific to combat my stomach issues once I got back home … I kind of just waited it out. I did try to eat foods that were “plain,” though: rice, fresh vegetables without sauce or seasoning, etc. I also avoided dairy and any spicy foods (which was so tough for me because I love spicy food!). I only had to do that for the first few days, though. When my stomach started feeling less queasy, I slowly eased into “regular” food and was able to eat like I normally do by the end of my first week back home.
I hope you start feeling better soon!
Post # 5
I feel you. I got back to the US for a month long visit last week. I get the weirdness with eating too. Usually I sip some chicken broth and nibble on crackers until I feel like I can handle real food.
Post # 6
I’ve never had it bad going from the UK to the US. It’s much worse going the other way.
The first time I flew to England, I had one connection, so it made the travel time much longer. I left in the morning of the 23rd and arrived in London at 7am on the 24th. So with the time change I missed a whole day, and that threw me off.
I also didn’t sleep much the night before – maybe 4 hours tops? And I didn’t get a lick of sleep on the plane, so I was operating on very little. I also didn’t bring a water bottle with me, so I got super dehydrated.
After landing, we had to take trains for about an hour and half to FI’s parents’. I had never been on a train, and I get motion sickness easily as it is, so my body rebelled and hated the train (but now I am good on them, yay). I was miserable. And it was like 80F and humid, so that made it worse. I just laid down on FI’s lap and tried not to cry or puke.
I felt so badly that that was going to be the first time I met his parents! Luckily his mum is amazing and gracious, so I took a quick nap while they popped out to the store, and that made me feel 100x better. I improved over the next few days with sleep and hydration.
Just keep sleeping and drinking as much as you can, and hopefully you’ll kick this jet lag soon!