When we left the US and moved to France I was prepared with a bottle of melatonin for us to all take so we would have an easier time getting adjusted to the time change. Of course when I read about how to use it, I came across all the scary, don’t take this or else, omg all of this can happen to kids stories. So I figured we would have to just sleep and figure it out.
First of all – fly at night. We flew from San Francisco and with the flight time and the time difference, we landed in Paris in the morning. It was a little difficult to sleep on the plane, but everyone in the family managed to get at least a handful of hours of sleep.
When we finally got all of our luggage and found the van that was taking us to the hotel, we were excited, tired, and hungry. After getting checked in and separating the luggage into storage and using for the week, we ventured to find food. We found it right up the block – and paid about $50 for some small, sad, salads and a sandwich. Talk about being taken!
But we went back to the hotel and I and the youngest ended up taking a nap while the rest of the family went for a walk, and they laid down soon after they came back. I woke up for dinner and we went for a quick walk to get a power cord for our laptop before returning. Everyone woke up off and on between dinner and about 1 A.M. before I said okay everyone to bed. After waking for a busy day of finishing things, we all went to bed early and enjoyed a long night of rest.
So – take a night flight, nap on and off the rest of the day when you arrive, sleeping all night and wake at a normal hour. Let’s hope this works when people come to visit!