Updated: Mon, 13 Jul 2009 11:49:26 GMT | By Flora McCraith, http://malaysia.msn.com

Top Tips When Flying

Handy tips on how to reduce the physical effects that flying has on your body.

Top Tips When Flying

Top Tips When Flying

Every holiday season, you take the opportunity to have a little time off with family, friends, to relax, refresh or to recharge your exhausted batteries. “Yay”, you shout! However, getting from A to B can be exhausting and stressful, more than that, there are effects on your body physically, especially when flying long haul. You put up with the red eyes, stiff neck, jet lag and a constant worry about blood clots because you want to see Europe, America and the world. How can you minimise these inconveniences?

The air inside an aeroplane is particularly dry and therefore one of the first things to remember is the need to drink lots of fluid and remain hydrated. The best advice you can heed is to avoid caffeine, fizzy or alcoholic drinks as these have the reverse, diuretic effects that you want and will lead to further dehydration. Instead, sip on lots of water or fruit juices, and aim for a small bottle each hour.

Studies have suggested that long periods of immobility can be a cause of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) which is when small blood clots form in your legs. Extreme cases of DVT has been proven to cause fatality. Try to avoid this by moving around as often as possible, do some simple stretches or a walk around the plane will help you avoid DVT. You can even do some simple leg exercises without leaving your seat. For example, swirling your ankles around and pointing your toes up and down is very easy and doesn’t disturb the person next to you.

Getting used to a new time zone once you have reached your destination can be hard. To avoid being caught out by jet-lag, set your watch to the time of your destination a few days in advance if you are able to. With this in mind try to eat and sleep around the times of your destination as this will help your natural body clock adjust to the new time zone after you have arrived at your destination.

Cabin air can cause your skin to dry out and become scaly. Therefore you should always moisturise before you get on the plane and continue to do so during the flight. Drinking plenty of water will also prevent the skin from becoming dry. Don’t use facial or body spritz sprays as they actually dry out the skin - as the water evaporates, it takes a layer of moisture with it.

If you’re  suffer from painful ears during take-off and landing, which can be extremely uncomfortable there are a few tricks to alleviate your ears and make them clear or pop which include yawning, sucking on sweets or swallowing frequently. You can also invest in some ear plugs designed to help your ears with the changing pressure.

You may want to wear glasses when flying as opposed to contacts and the reason for this is that contact lenses will dry your eyes out making them sore and red. It may help you to use eye drops, but switching to glasses is a better option and it also gives your eyes a breather. Don’t worry if you feel geeky, I’m sure that you are more likely to fall asleep with your mouth open, and be spotted by the hot guy.

By following the tips above, you should find that your flying experience could switch to a comfortable deal, rather than an ordeal for you. That is, unless you are stuck with a child kicking the back of your seat, or a baby crying for the entire flight.

Happy flying!


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