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Travel This Is Why You Should Never, Ever Sleep While a Plane Is Taking Off or Landing

22:23  14 november  2017
22:23  14 november  2017 Source:   readersdigest.ca

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But sleeping on a plane can actually pose major health risks during the takeoff and landing . With the hassle behind you , you settle in with your neck pillow, pop some Kenny G on your iPod, and get ready to spend quality time sleeping on a plane .

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You've made it. You managed to navigate your way through a busy airport without robot assistance; you breezed through security because you didn’t pack any items that might get you flagged; and you successfully boarded the plane. Now you're comfortable in your seat in the (kind of incredibly germ-ridden) cabin, and there’s even a little bit of elbow room, as the flight isn't fully booked for once. With the hassle behind you, you settle in with your neck pillow, pop some of these sleep-inducing songs on your iPod, and get ready to spend quality time sleeping on a plane. And you're about to make a huge mistake that will put your health at risk, as reported by Travel + Leisure.

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It all has to do with the rapid changes in air pressure in the cabin. If you ’re awake, a natural response to alleviate pressure on your eardrums during takeoff and landing is to 'pop' them, to maintain a pressure equilibrium. If you ’re sleeping on a plane

Related: Why You Should Think Twice Before Turning Off the Air Vent Above You on Your Next Flight. Once you ’re up in the air, lean back, close your eyes, and sleep the flight away — at least until your plane starts to land .

It's not because of the music. It's the shuteye part. According to MedlinePlus, falling asleep during landing or takeoff could cause serious damage to your ears. It all has to do with the rapid changes in air pressure in the cabin. (Taking a trip with a Canadian airline? Here's how to make your flight as hassle-free as possible.)

If you're awake, a natural response to alleviate pressure on your eardrums during takeoff and landing is to 'pop' them, to maintain a pressure equilibrium. If you’re sleeping on a plane, you can't actively work to relax those muscles and release the tension, so you can become susceptible to dizziness, ear infections, eardrum damage, hearing loss and nose bleeds. (Elevate your next trip with these innovative travel accessories.)

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( This is the reason why you should never sleep during takeoff or landing .) In short, catching some sleep while flying is just plane difficult. The nut of the issue is structural, not stimuli-related: The human body just isn’t designed to sleep sitting up.

Either way, many of us have done it – falling asleep whilst the plane is taking off or landing . Therefore, when taking off and landing , it’s crucial to work on relaxing, opening up and clearing our Eustachian tubes, rather than sleeping .

'A quick change in altitude affects the air pressure in the ear,' says Angel Chalmers, a British pharmacist, via Express. 'This leads to a vacuum in the Eustachian tubes which makes the ears feel blocked and sound dull.'

Keep those Eustachian tubes clear and keep those eyes open for at least another few minutes. Crack open that book you just bought in the terminal!

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Originally published as This Is Why You Should Never, Ever Sleep While a Plane Is Taking Off or Landing on ReadersDigest.com.

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