23 Real Struggles That Anyone With Jet Lag Will Understand

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1. Let’s start with the basics. If you’re jet-lagged, you’ve probably consumed your own weight in coffee, and to no effect.

23 Real Struggles That Anyone With Jet Lag Will Understand

 

2. Your watch, phone, and computer all show different times, and you don’t know who to believe. Your body clock, of course, is of no help.

23 Real Struggles That Anyone With Jet Lag Will Understand

 

3. You’ve canceled multiple social plans because you suddenly got too sleepy to leave home.

23 Real Struggles That Anyone With Jet Lag Will Understand

 

4. If you do make it out of the house, everyone thinks you’re rude because you keep yawning…

23 Real Struggles That Anyone With Jet Lag Will Understand

 

5. And eventually, no matter where you are or what you’re doing, you straight-up fall asleep.

23 Real Struggles That Anyone With Jet Lag Will Understand

 

6. Once you’re asleep, alarms have literally no effect on you. Neither do well-meaning loved ones.

23 Real Struggles That Anyone With Jet Lag Will Understand

 

7. On the other hand, when you’re up and trying to fall asleep, no pill is strong enough to do the job.

23 Real Struggles That Anyone With Jet Lag Will Understand

 

8. And you end up spending several hours mastering the art of tossing and turning.

23 Real Struggles That Anyone With Jet Lag Will Understand

 

9. You never have any idea whether you’re hungry or not, and you have no idea what meal you want.

23 Real Struggles That Anyone With Jet Lag Will Understand

It’s 4 a.m., so…time for lunch?

 

10. You get unpredictable bouts of productivity at odd hours…generally when you should be asleep.

23 Real Struggles That Anyone With Jet Lag Will Understand

 

11. And you have a strong urge to rage at bizarre times too.

23 Real Struggles That Anyone With Jet Lag Will Understand

 

12. You keep greeting people with the wrong phrase.

23 Real Struggles That Anyone With Jet Lag Will Understand

 

13. And you look like shit 100% of the time.

And you look like shit 100% of the time.

 

14. So the only place you feel at home is at major airports where EVERYONE is disheveled and loopy.

So the only place you feel at home is at major airports where EVERYONE is disheveled and loopy.

 

15. You’ve seen more sunrises than anyone needs to, and you hated each one.

23 Real Struggles That Anyone With Jet Lag Will Understand

 

16. Since you can’t sleep through the night, you’ve improvised strange ways to stay entertained while the rest of the house sleeps.

23 Real Struggles That Anyone With Jet Lag Will Understand

 

17. Or you’re online all night, chatting with people on the other side of the globe.

23 Real Struggles That Anyone With Jet Lag Will Understand

 

18. And you’ve caught up on every episode of every TV show you could possibly get access to.

23 Real Struggles That Anyone With Jet Lag Will Understand

 

19. At some point, your sleep-deprived brain starts asking stupid questions, like: “Why do we need time zones anyway?”

23 Real Struggles That Anyone With Jet Lag Will Understand

“I mean, what is time, really?”

 

20. Everyone you meet has their own expert opinion on jet lag and how to alleviate it.

23 Real Struggles That Anyone With Jet Lag Will Understand

 

21. But any attempt to will your body into submission just makes it a thousand times worse.

23 Real Struggles That Anyone With Jet Lag Will Understand

 

22. After too many days of this struggle, if you’re lucky, it’ll go away on its own and the world will finally start to make sense again…

23 Real Struggles That Anyone With Jet Lag Will Understand

 

23. And then you always have your return trip to look forward to, when you’ll get to do it all again.

23 Real Struggles That Anyone With Jet Lag Will Understand
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Taylor Goldblatt

After years of research, travel, and dreams, I have created this website for people like you who want to experience the things that only America can offer. My passion is to explore and share America's greatest destinations and attractions. Follow me on Twitter @USCityTraveler for additional travel tips and ideas.

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