Tips to Aid in Dealing with Air Travel's Effects On You Jet
lag is caused when you travel through multiple time zones.
These changes in time zones confuse your body's 24-hour
inner clock, which throws off your "circadian rhythms." Your circadian rhythms control the timing of the release
of hormones and chemicals to let you know when you should
be hungry, sleepy, etc. Symptoms of Jet lag include fatigue,
insomnia, disorientation, headaches, and irregularity. It
normally takes about one day to adjust for each time zone
you cross. Jet lag is often worse traveling eastward.
Flying north or south within the same time zone does not
cause jet lag. Your overall health, habits, and age play
a big part in how badly you get jet lag. Being well rested
can help reduce jet lag symptoms. Overeating, smoking
and drinking alcohol can exaggerate jet lag. Tips
for dealing with Jet Lag:
while airborne and upon arrival will help circulate
your blood you will feel rejuvenated.
your sleep time before you leave on your trip to match
your destination time zone.
stay on your home time zone. Change your watch to your
destination time zone.
high in protein stimulate wakefulness. Carbohydrate
rich meals promote sleep.
caffeine drinks to help you stay awake until your new
bedtime at your destination.
high-fiber foods to fight constipation and avoid fatty
Drink LOTS of water.
Ear Pain During
airplane flights the ears are subjected to changes in
air pressure. The middle ear is connected with the upper
part of the throat by the Eustachian tube. Its job is
to equalize air pressure in the middle ear. People
often have more problems during landing. If the Eustachian
tube is blocked from cold or allergies the eardrum will
be stretched inward, impairing hearing and causing pain
during descent. If you can't clear your ears on the ground,
you should not fly. But if you have to fly, or find yourself
with ear pain once airborne, there are some things you
can do. Tips
for dealing with Ear Pain:
yawning or swallowing to open the Eustachian tube.
a doctor's approval, adults can take a decongestant
and/or nasal spray.
might try earplug-like devices called Earplanes, which
help regulate air pressure naturally.
the Valsalva maneuver: Hold your nose and blow out gently
to equalize the pressure.
children's Eustachian tubes don't function as good as
in adults. Use a pacifier or bottle for babies during
takeoffs and landings. Older children won't suffer quite
as much as long as they don't have a cold. Motion Sickness Most
airline passengers rarely experience motion sickness.
Motion sickness can occur when you lose visual contact
with the earth's horizon and you are subjected to motion
such as turbulence or the plane turning. This can cause
the inner ear to send conflicting information to the brain.
Anxiety can also exaggerate the symptoms of motion sickness.
This online resource can help ease your anxiety. Tips
for dealing with Motion Sickness:
Try sitting near the plane's wings. This will reduce
the motion felt.
over the counter medications such as Dramamine or Bonine
for short trips.
Ginger (capsule form) and peppermint (mint-flavored
lightly before and during your flight.
at a window seat.
your air vent.
Airline Travel Health Advice
not to fly within twelve hours after dental work because
the change in cabin pressure can be painful.
eating empty calories. They can cause a swing in your
blood sugar, which will affect how you feel.
drinking much alcohol. It doesn't take much at altitude
to get drunk.
a summary of your health info. Include items such as:
blood type, pre-existing health conditions, allergies,
researchers claim that bismuth subsahcylate (Pepto-Bismol)
can help prevent "Montezuma's Revenge" (Diarrhea
caused by drinking contaminated water).
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