Being on a plane for a length of time can take its toll on your body. When you fly, you don’t just have to deal with the change in our "body clocks". Sitting for long periods of time, means our blood isn't flowing as it should. Being in the air, means we have decreased oxygen and the air conditioning throughout the plane causes dry skin and dehydration! If you travel a lot, you'll certainly want to take some of our key tips on how to look after your wellbeing on flights with you...
Stay germ free by bringing antibacterial wipes. Most planes have a quick turnaround so cleaners do a basic job. Wipe all the hard surfaces around your seat including tray table, lever, remote control, arm rests and seatbelt buckle.
The seat-back pocket is also a hub for germs with many passengers plunging their personal belongings deep into the pocket as soon as they board. Make sure you're organised with an essential flight pouch to hand with everything you'll need so you can avoid using the back seat pocket entirely!
Vitamins On The Go.
Natural remedies work wonders on a flight for any travel ailments. Vitamin C will help the body build immunity to new germs, vitamin D supplements help form natural body rhythms and combat jet lag. Whilst a melatonin supplement aids sleep by increasing your bodies natural melatonin. Cinnamon, cardamom and water are best for digestion.
Stay hydrated - drink plenty of water and avoid excessive amounts of alcohol. Regularly apply moisturiser and lip balm in order to help stay hydrated. This will not only help you sleep better on a long-haul flight, but it keeps blood flowing too, which will help avoid DVT (deep vein thrombosis) and hydrate your skin.
To sleep well and feel refreshed, eat light meals and drink plenty of water. Avoid products with lots of sugar, caffeine, or alcohol. Sleep deprivation causes your body to slow down its production of antibodies that fight infection. There are lots of germs on planes, so it is important to keep your immune system energised and ready to fight unwanted infections.
Avoid DVT on a long flight: do some calf exercises every half hour - raise your heels, keeping your toes in the floor, then bring them down and repeat ten times. Take occasional walks up the aisle when possible to boost blood circulation. Wear elasticated compression socks. They work by putting gentle pressure on your legs and ankles to help blood flow.
1) Raise shoulders and rotate in circles to help release built up tension.
2) Roll your neck back and forth from side to side. Then slowly tilt your head to one side and the other and repeat.
3) Circle your ankles and raise your heels up of the floor and repeat to increase blood circulation to the lower limbs.
4) Raise your arms up and reach your palms up to stretch your spine as long as you can. Then stretch to each side being careful of neighbours, before taking your arms down.
5) Place elbows, shoulder distance apart, on the seat in front (being mindful of the seat owner of course)! Let your head fall through the upper arms as you draw your chin to your chest. This will open up the shoulders and chest, whilst giving the backs of your arms a stretch.
6) Press your bottom down into your chair and twist to the right. Take in five deep breaths then repeat on the left. Twists give internal organs a squeeze which helps detoxify them. Also, twisting the spine is important after sitting for hours at a time.