Fly and fly…Travelling world now has become so easy and convenient with flying. One can visit places for work, family and friends trips. While flying the journey to the heavenly places can turn hellish with experiences of health issues. It also becomes stressful when there are long queues for safety and security checks, concerns about terrorism and surely the long lists of things to take along. Though the drawbacks of flying are many yet the survey reports, world air travel has grown by around 5% a year over the past 30 years with more than 2 billion passengers on almost 28 million scheduled flights. The following list presents the possible physical disorders with safe tips:
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
During air travel, one life-threatening risk is developing leg clots or deep vein thrombosis(DVT) also known as “economy-class syndrome”. It is a condition causing pulmonary embolism (a blockage of a main artery to the lung) when sitting and legroom are in cramp. This happens during long flights or multiple flights within a short period. The amount of risk in DVT increases on the periods of immobility. According to the American Heart Association, one can develop leg clots from dehydration and low cabin pressure as well.
- Experts encourage plane travelers to contract their calf muscles and be moving frequently.
- Keep drinking cold water and you will be fine because you have to get up and use the lavatory.
- Learn some free hand exercises and apply it to move time and again.
Jet lag is a side effect of traveling across time zones and periods. Our body clock is attuned to the day-night cycle while starting off the journey. When we fly to a different time zone quickly, our body still functions in the previous time zone we have left behind. It may take between 2 days and 2 weeks for the body to synchronize to the new time zone, depending on the distance crossed. This causes symptoms like fatigue, lack of orientation and sleep disruption. Also, one may find that irregular body rhythm adjusts at different rates.
- Try not to sleep during the day in the flight, set your watch to the time zone of your destination
- When you reach the destination at daytime stay awake as much as you can and sleep early.
- At your destination, try to stay outside during daylight for quick adaptation and get into the local routine as soon as possible.
In an Aeroplane, we breathe the sucked in air from outside. At high altitudes, the plane environment is prone to be drier than a desert as it contains 66% less water than at sea level. On short flights, this leads to dry mouth and nose and on longer flights headaches, dizziness, susceptibility to infection and dehydration are common.
- Because the nasal mucous membranes dry out, the experts suggest carrying a saline solution to spray inside the nose or using “ghee,”(clarified butter), in a small container to apply directly into the nostrils.
- Pick a crowded flight for enough humidity inside.Avoid alcohol or caffeinated drinks, such as tea, coffee or cola, as they will make you feel even more thirsty.
- Carry water in a spray bottle, one can also use essential oils to hydrate the skin to spray directly on the face.
Another physical disability is faced while the plane is ready to land because of the sudden pressure falls. You drop from the pressurized cabin level of thousands of feets to zero in about twenty minutes. As a result, the ears pop and may hurt like hell. This happens due to the opening and closing of Eustachian tubes inside the ear. The tubes cope up to balance the changing pressure inside the ear with the atmosphere.
- Chew, yawn, suck sweets or gummy lozenges to open the Eustachian tubes.
- Hold your nose, keep your mouth shut and exhale with force.
- Buy air pressure-regulating ear plugs(slow down the rate of air pressure on the eardrum) if you have severe issues.
Fear of Flying
Fear of flying is the third most common phobia after fear of snakes and spiders. It may arise from a bad flying experience or an emotional surge about hijacking or a plane crash. There are millions of people who suffer from anxiety and panic attacks about flying. The other triggering factors are claustrophobia, concern about heights, loss of control, and fear of the unknown.
- A free online course by Airline Captain Stacey Chance offers educational material and practical suggestions on overcoming these disorders.
- Learn more about behavioral techniques and knowledge about aircraft through airline-run guidelines.
- While flying breath gently, slowly, deeply, naturally…
Comfort and Sleep
If you wish to travel far better be ready to compromise on your comfort level. You will find it difficult to sleep on a plane, and certainly when you have to bear all the distractions, noises, baby crying, unwanted lights inside and outside through the window (daylight is very bright at 35,000 feet!). Furthermore, one doesn’t have plenty of leg room, shoes feel tighter and suffocating, one may feel cold, aching limbs and definitely, it’s not easy to sleep sitting upright!
- Bring a neck pillow, an eye mask for blocking out light, warm socks, and compression stockings.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing and put on when needed, wear comfortable soft shoes.
- Be judicious while choosing the seat and having caffeine.
Focus on the above health tips, and reach out for your much-awaited trip.Wish you all a very happy and safe flight…Arigato Gozaimas!!!