Jet lag is such a weird phenomena. My first day back, I couldn't get to sleep about midnight. I slept until about 4:30 in the morning I think. I got up and went about my day, but finally ended up sleeping for a couple of hours in the afternoon. Once again, that night I couldn't get to sleep until about midnight.
The next day my eyes popped open at 5:00 a.m. I got up, and later took a nap for a couple of hours. I just couldn't stay awake....it felt like I was drugged! I went to bed at 10:30 p.m. This morning I woke up at 2:00 a.m................ I'm still awake and it's 4:25.
I'm not that impatient with jet lag, but some of my family members are, and seem to think I shouldn't sleep during the day. If you have never experienced true jet lag, you can't understand how your brain just shuts down, and you can't stay awake. But actually, I'm kind of glad that one family member keeps coming to wake me up after a couple of hours nap. I'm hoping that this will help me sleep more at night.
I remember when we first moved to China and had terrible jet lag. Our apartment there has good curtains and shutters on the windows, so the apartment was very dark. For the first week, we just slept when we were tired and woke up naturally. For days we didn't even know if it was daytime or night time, we just ate when we were hungry and slept when we were sleepy. That week was a blur. We were lucky that we had the time to adjust slowly.
I know this just takes time, but I'll sure be glad when I adjust!