I found myself thinking, “Well, if I stay awake for x hours then I will get y sleep,” and so on and this happened for about 3 days! I flew home from Paris to Brisbane and it took me about 4 days to readjust.
Normally I am a good sleeper and if I don’t have exactly 8 hours every night, I have a few extra hours on Sunday! However, since my jetlag readjustment, every night I have had to have eight hours and the sleep-ins are a thing of the past for the moment!
I arrived in Brisbane in the evening and therefore I thought I would just go to bed like everyone else. I think the problems were my excitement regarding being home, my emotional state because my daughter stayed overseas for a few more weeks and I only had probably 2 hours of sleep on the plane, from Paris to Brisbane via Singapore airport.
I went to bed at 1am and I woke at about 4.30am and I couldn’t sleep again so I got up and went about my day quietly! I thought I would set my alarm after 2 hours and have a sleep about 1pm. I actually kept sleeping and I was woken by my daughter’s call at 7pm! Luckily I stayed up until 12pm and then I was able to sleep until 6am and then that night I went to bed about 9pm and I woke at 5am. After being home for 10 days now, I am able to get up fairly comfortably at 6am again and I am also back to some of my old bad habits!!
My trip to Paris, from Brisbane, was quite different. When I arrived in Paris in the morning, I stayed up the whole day and I slept quite well and the next day I went exploring with my daughter. I think, like sleep in general, everyone handles situations differently. I am wondering how my daughter will be when she arrives at the same time I did.
Some people can sleep on the plane so that is probably a bonus, but one lady told me she took a sleeping tablet and I am sure it is better than not sleeping on a plane, nevertheless, probably not as good as a natural sleep; who on earth has that on a plane?! Oh yes – first class passengers!
Wearing comfortable clothes on the plane is a must and whatever else you need to feel cosy and relaxed.