Some tips on comfortable Flying
With the opportunities that we are presented with in flying these days, we are going to more distant and exciting places. The down side to this is very long flights!
Some people are easily entertained by a good book or two while some find it frustratingly easy to go to sleep. Instead, you sit there, tapping your feet, eyes bloodshot, begging to be able to lie flat, wondering how you are going to cope for the next ten hours.
Here are some tips to relax those muscles and maximise your flight experience:
Conditions such as low cabin pressure, restriction of movement and dehydration can affect your circulation. This causes anything from discomfort to heart attacks!
The way to improve your mood and your health is to stand up and move around every hour. Circulate your joints when sitting. Rotate ankles and wrists and elevate your feet where possible.
Drink plenty of fluids, preferably water. Avoid those that dehydrate such as alcohol and coffee. Not only will these dehydrate you – they will also make you restless.
Remove any tight fitting clothing to allow good blood circulation. If you can and if safe to do so, you should loosen your footwear.
If you have asthma, are pregnant or have lung problems, the thin cabin air can cause breathing difficulties. Combat this by taking slow, deep breaths and relaxing your muscles as best you can. Flights also have spare oxygen that you can use, should you be struggling particularly bad.
Dehydration as mentioned above can be a problem due to the humidity being extremely low. Water and loose clothing again, as mentioned is key. As is eating fruit and veg, due to their water content. Avoid salt.
With dehydration and low humidity often comes eye irritation. Remedy this by using eye drops prior to flying and have them available during the flight, should your eyes need a top up. Remove contact lenses if possible as they can irritate under the unique conditions.
To avoid sickness, usually altitude sickness, it is best to drink water, avoid alcohol and try to relax as best you can – or even take a nap.
Recycled air brings the risk of catching other peoples’ germs. It is not uncommon to develop colds and flu. Take vitamin C daily around a week before you fly to prevent this. You can also use Vaseline in your nostrils as a deterrent.
Other Factors To Look Out For:
Stand up slowly to avoid dizziness. Hold on to something as you get up. The low oxygen level in the cabin is the cause of this.
Account for jet lag when you arrive if you have been on a long flight. This is when normal pressure is resumed after spending a sustained amount of time under abnormal conditions.