Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Blear of flying?

It's fast, but flying can be icky.

Consumer Reports on Health (July 2010) says book a seat on the wing, where you will feel less motion.

Sleep a lot before you go. Consider sleeping pills for a few nights.

When going through security, ask for a pat down if you have a pacemaker, insulin pump, or other implanted device.

Take Dramamine if you get airsick. Take it 30 mins before leaving. (Ginger for after-surgery nausea doesn’t work as well on airsickness.)

While flying, stop reading if you feel queasy. Walk the aisles once an hour, don’t cross our legs, bend them as often as you can to prevent clots.

Drink lots of water and less caffeine, which eliminates water from your system. Never drink the water in the bathroom.

Once you’ve landed, if flying east, try 2-3 mg of melatonin at your local bedtime while you adapt. If flying west, take a small dose, say .5 mg, if you wake up early and want to go back to sleep.

I take Vitamin C, too—so many critters in cabin air. And I don’t mean snakes.

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