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We always try to make to-do and not-to-do things when flying; physicians have actually shared a list of some things we should never try to do when flying, and some of them have been on our to-do lists. Practices such as not playing videos loud but using earbuds, being careful not to hog the armrest among others come to mind on our to-do lists when we are airborne. However, the following are recommendations from physicians when it comes to flying.
A lot of people drink to calm nerves when flying. While it is important to stay hydrated, it is healthy to sip alcohol sparingly when airborne. According to the board-certified family physician, Mia Finkelson, the consumption of alcohol can cause nausea and increase your anxiety, especially when you hit a turbulence.
Your safest bet is water. According to Elizabeth Houshmand, a board-certified dermatologist, the body experiences a loss of almost a cup of water for every hour one is airborne and it is important that you drink more water in place of dehydrating drinks like coffee, soda, among others.
Finkelson further explains that germs spread faster in the air inside an airplane. Thus, it is important to postpone your flight or reschedule if you discover that you are sick. If it is not possible to do any of that and you eventually travel, it is important that you do everything within your power to keep your germs to yourself, like covering your mouth when sneezing or coughing, sanitizing your hands and so on.
The amount of germs on tables, seat belts, handles or surfaces that are publicly used is immeasurable and highly contagious. Hence, it is important that you wipe down those surfaces before you use them and never forget to wash your hands before eating or touching your face.
It is important to remove your makeup before you board the plane. This is because flying can result in skin breakouts. So, save the make-up sessions for when you land.
Flying brings you closer to the sun. Houshmand revealed the possibility of getting sunburned from being on a plane. Hence, it is important that you have a skin care regimen to protect your skin and keep it revitalizing. Use face mists and antioxidant serum in order to protect the skin from severe damage caused by harmful sun rays.
Try to stand up a couple of times and walk around, especially if it is a long trip. Seating for too long is dangerous to your health because it can clot the blood, thus restricting normal blood circulation. It is important you exercise your muscles through stretching your muscles or tapping your feet if you feel lazy to walk around.
You need to accept that you could experience difficulties sleeping on the plane despite using neck pillows or pills. Certain disruptions may be beyond your control, like the cry of a baby and the adjustments made by a seatmate. According to Finkelson, it is important that you enter the plane fully rested!