Last Updated on March 20, 2020
Generally, traveling on a plane is safe. Yet, some unpleasant side effects that come with putting your body in a tube and sending it 35,000 ft above the ground can be inevitable.
As long as your flight isn’t delayed or canceled, you might be either feeling excited or stressed about reaching your next travel destination. But no matter what feelings you’re experiencing, certain things could still happen to your body anyway.
One thing you should be really concerned about is that being stuck on a plane with so many other people can put you at risk of catching bacteria and viruses, which could make you sick, especially when the airline’s cabin air is dry and the seating is cramped.
Now, check out the 10 things flying on a plane can do to your body, in addition to practical advice on how to prevent such problems.
10. You may feel sleepy or develop headaches
If you’re flying anytime soon, you may want to get psychologically ready to deal with the unpleasant effects that come with air travel.
In fact, traveling by plane might cause you a headache or sleepiness even if the cabin’s barometric pressure is adjusted. This is due to the aircraft cabin’s lower oxygen pressure; as the pressure drops, it leads to mild hypoxia, resulting in a headache in some passengers.
The good news is that you can easily avoid those air-travel-related headaches by drinking plenty of water and refraining from caffeinated and alcoholic beverages.
9. You may get swollen feet (or worse!)
When you sit for hours without any breaks to stretch your legs or take a walk, your blood flow could be easily affected, thus resulting in swollen feet and ankles. In worse cases, some passengers may even be at risk of developing a blood clot known as deep vein thrombosis, which happens because of poor blood circulation in the body.
Sitting in a cramped space for hours can compress the veins in your legs and cause their blood flow to slow down.