23 Real Struggles That Anyone With Jet Lag Will Understand

It’s 4 a.m… Time for lunch!

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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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It’s 4 a.m., so…time for lunch?

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

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

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12. You keep greeting people with the wrong phrase.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“I mean, what is time, really?”

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

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

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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…

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

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