Plane Travel: The Moment To Start Your Plane Journey Is Finally There.
Exercise is good for plane travel preparations
If you are going on a plane trip that will last more than just a few hours there are some things you need to remember: first of all we all know that it is very difficult to get a good sleep on an airplane, unless you are one of the fortunate people that always travel business class or first class. Plane travel at its best.
For the rest of us mortals here is a good tip: just before the trip starts go to your local gym and have an extra good workout. Or go for a run for a couple of miles. In other words make sure you are quite exhausted before your trip starts.That way once you are in the plane you will find it easier to fall asleep and get some rest. If nothing else helps some sleep medication can do the trick. Talk to your physician to get the medication that is just right for you.
Plenty of fluids
The ventilation system in modern planes makes the air very dry. This is one of the most annoying things in plane travel. Not only does this affect your skin (make sure you have a good moisturiser with you) but your entire body as well. Drinking ample amounts of fluids will keep your levels up. Alcohol is a definite no no since it will dehydrate your body even faster en coffee is no good either. Plenty of fruit juices or just plain water is fine. Since the service on some foreign carriers is not always up to speed it is best to have your own supply of water with you in your hand luggage. That way you can drink whenever you want.
There is another reason to drink plenty of fluids: if your body is fully hydrated it can make the necessary mucus to keep the mucous membranes of the oral cavity and the nose moist. And this is important as these mucous membranes play a vital and important part in fighting of possible viral or bacterial intruders. As you are all cramped very closely together in a enclosed environment in an airplane, infections are easily passed along. So better to drink an extra glass if you are sitting next to a sneezing and sniffling passenger.
Exercise on board?
Sure, ever since it became clear that sitting in that chair over longer periods of time can cause deep vein trouble most companies offer advise to their passengers on on board exercise. It is good to get up every hour or so and walk around for a bit and even in your chair you can do some exercises to keep the blood flowing. The on board literature will inform you on this and some companies try to make plane travel better endurable by offering in flight video programmes on this subject. Make sure you follow their recommendations.
If you change time zones or travel over several time zones it is best to adapt as soon as possible to the time zone you are currently in. That means you don’t go to bed after you arrive in the middle of the day in your new time zone.
On the contrary: best is again to go do some light exercise, take a shower and continue to live the day until it is really time to go to bed. You will find that it is much easier to adapt to the new time zone. Plane travel a la carte.
So plenty of sleep is the cure for jetlag. And remember not to drink alcohol or coffee three to four hours before going to bed. These are stimulants that will keep you awake!
Short naps in between are a good idea as well but keep them short, no longer than 45 minutes, otherwise you will sleep to deep and become dozy.
And if you travel really really far you can try to adjust your rhythm even before you leave. Get to bed earlier and get up earlier (about one hour difference a day) if you travel east.
It takes the body around 1 day per hour difference to adjust to the new time zone!!