Feeling tired and weary after a long flight is the norm for most people. Most airplanes are Federally regulated to be pressurized at roughly 8,000 feet. That’s quite a big jump from what the majority of people are accustomed to. At this elevation the air is thinner and in addition to reduced oxygen, the air is also very dry. Most planes humidity levels vary between 10 to 20 percent.
Tips on how to minimize those uncomfortable feelings of jet lag:
1.) Drink lots of water
2.) Get up and walk around whenever possible to stretch your legs. This will let your lungs and diaphragm expand and also reduce the risk of blood clots in your legs.
3.) Avoid caffeine and alcohol since it will dehydrate your body even more. Avoid sleeping pills in the Benzodiazepine family since they tend to lower your blood oxygen and suppress breathing. And up in these high elevations we need all the oxygen we can get!
4.) Do simple stretches while sitting in your seat. This keeps your body feeling flexible and you will be less likely to feel stiff once you exit the plane.
5.) I always take lots of vitamin C since all that recycled air and loads of people in close quarters puts you at a higher risk of contracting a cold or other sickness.
So the next time you embark on a long flight, keep these things in mind and you should be feeling ready to conquer your new destination.