Sunday, April 5, 2015

Air Travel Problems & Their Quick Solutions

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Dealing With Swollen Legs:
Some people usually experience leg swelling when travelling by plane. I had an experience with this, but thank God, I was able to find out the real reason why.
The reason for this is that the inside of your legs expand due to low air pressure which is usually present inside a plane. Lack of inactivity like sitting for a long time in a long flight causes fluids to pool especially at the lower half of your legs. Another reason would be that, you take in less oxygen, which slows down circulation.

If you experience this every time you fly, avoid wearing tight shoes. If it's a very long flight, get up and walk around every 2 hours to encourage active circulation.
Also, avoid food that are salty and bloat-inducing such as peanuts and pretzels.

Dealing With Jet Lag:
If your flight is an overnight, try to fall asleep as soon as possible. It will help to wear a sleep mask to block light, and place something soft on your lap like a pillow to relax your muscles.
Upon landing, wear a pair of sunglasses and do it for 2-3 hours if possible. This allows blocking out light, allowing you to adjust gradually to the new time zone.