MileValue is part of an affiliate sales network and receives compensation for sending traffic to partner sites, such as CreditCards.com. This compensation may impact how and where links appear on this site. This site does not include all financial companies or all available financial offers. Terms apply to American Express benefits and offers. Enrollment may be required for select American Express benefits and offers. Visit americanexpress.com to learn more.

Note: Some of the offers mentioned below may have changed or are no longer be available. You can view current offers here.


When I travel east, I’m not sure I do not get over jet lag naturally. I landed in Madrid Monday at 7 AM, and, in the days I’ve been here, I’ve moved toward even more of an American time zone schedule than Spanish. Here’s my sleep since I got here on Monday:

Technically all those AM’s are the next day.

Monday:  noon – 4 PM, 2 AM – 4 AM

Tuesday: noon – 6 PM, 3 AM – 9 AM

Wednesday: 2 PM – 5 PM, 6 AM – 1 PM

Thursday: 3 AM – 5 PM with a brief wake up at 5 AM where I popped melatonin

I know what I need to do, set an alarm for tomorrow and get onto a more normal sleeping schedule, but I would have expected a more normal one by now.

This is one reason I love traveling north/south to South America. There’s rarely more than a two hour time change in either direction–though in the winter West Coast to Buenos Aires is five hours–so there’s no jet lag. I also don’t mind traveling west. I tend to be a night owl, so I stay up to when I would have stayed up anyway, which is usually a reasonable time in my new time zone. It’s just traveling east that kills me.

All this isn’t to say I haven’t had an amazing week in Madrid so far. I went to the second leg of the Champions League Semifinal–the second biggest soccer game of the year worldwide–and had a blast. It could have only been more fun if Real Madrid had won.

Screen Shot 2015-05-15 at 5.45.11 PM

 

I am excited for Madrid’s restaurants eventually, but I’ve been able to cook for myself all week, which is something I had been missing the last month of staying with friends and family.

I’ve been able to sample the infamous nightlife of Madrid twice this week, and I’m rested up for this three day weekend that starts tonight.

But I sure would prefer to be on a more consistent, earlier sleep schedule. That’s the goal for next week!

 

Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.

Just getting started in the world of points and miles? The Chase Sapphire Preferred is the best card for you to start with.

With a bonus of 60,000 points after $4,000 spend in the first 3 months, 5x points on travel booked through the Chase Travel Portal and 3x points on restaurants, streaming services, and online groceries (excluding Target, Walmart, and wholesale clubs), this card truly cannot be beat for getting started!


Editorial Disclaimer: The editorial content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuers. Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuers, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuers.

The comments section below is not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved, or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all questions are answered.