Why you should NEVER sleep during take-off and landing

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Why you should NEVER sleep during take-off and landing

This is a little scary.

As Australians we know one cold hard truth (thanks to our dastardly flight times):

Waking up hungover on a plane is pure hell.

Seriously, you think a couple bevvys can’t hurt, then, due to the stupidly far distance between us and pretty much every single other place, you wake up hungover in a glorified box.

We honestly thought it couldn't get any worse.

Until now.

According to professionals, sleeping during take-off and landing is far more worrying – and stressing on your body - than anyone realised.

Pharmacist Angela Chalmers explained the phenomenon to Express,“A quick change in altitude affects the air pressure in the ear. This leads to a vacuum in the Eustachian tubes which makes the ears feel blocked and sound dull."

Essentially, when a plane ascends or descends, the air pressure in the cabin changes rapidly with the altitude — and if you’re not properly prepared it can give your eardrums a bad shock. You can also experience with dizziness, ear infections, nosebleeds and hearing loss.

MedlinePlus explain the mechanism to prevent this, “Swallowing or yawning opens the Eustachian tube and allows air to flow into or out of the middle ear. This helps equalise pressure on either side of the ear drum.”

All of which you can’t do effectively while sleeping.

So next time you think about stealing a snooze during take-off and landing, think again.

Lead Image: Getty / kasto80

Written By Ally Parker