Phobia will cripple as many as 12.5% of Americans at one point in their lives. But when it comes to nervousness about flying, that number multiplies twofold! What’s more, about 6.5% of the entire American population has an actual fear of flying, known as aviophobia.
Whether it’s only nervousness or the much -dreaded dread of flying, one thing remains true. Most people who have such conditions also deal with nausea before and during the trip.
The worst part is, this “sick feeling” can persist after the flight! That’s right. Some people even experience nausea after flying for several days.
If you’re one of these people, you know how awful long-haul flights can be. The good news is, there are remedies to flight sickness that can make layovers more tolerable.
It’s time you prevent (and cure) this condition once and for all. So, keep reading to learn about what you can do!
Why Nausea After Flying Plagues You in the First Place
It pays to know the whys behind your feeling horrible after flights. That way, you can better prepare your body for flying.
For starters, aircrafts mimic air pressure present in elevations of 6,000 to 8,000 feet. So even if the plane soars five to six times higher than that, you won’t feel that you’re 36,000 to 40,000 feet above sea level. Despite that controlled air pressure though, the body still gets less oxygen.
Sitting for extended periods of time (AKA those 10-hour flights) makes it even worse. This position reduces your body’s efficiency to circulate oxygen.
It also doesn’t help that flying doesn’t give your body a chance to acclimate to such high altitudes. It’s one thing to reach California’s San Gabriel Mountains‘ peak at a slow climb. But during a flight, your body goes from ground level to way up high in almost an instant.
During the plane’s descent, gases in your body also expand. Aside from nausea, this also often causes your appetite to go away. Even the gases in dental fillings can expand, resulting in toothaches.
Keeping Flying-Related Symptoms at Bay
All the above symptoms can appear during and after a flight. If you have a fear of flying, that can exacerbate your already-awful condition.
But they shouldn’t stop you from seeing Italy’s majestic landscapes (and doing as the Romans do). Nor should they make you miss that important business meeting 10,000 miles away.
This said, if you’re always feeling sick after flying, give the following preventive tips a try.
Air at high altitudes is way dryer than what you breathe in on ground level. You may be exhaling moisture-packed air during a flight, but you’re supplying your body with dry air. This is also a reason for your nausea, headache, and dizziness.
As such, you’d want to keep your body hydrated before and during the flight.
Traveler Pro Tip: Include a water bottle in your list of must-have carry-on items. Then, fill it up through water stations at airports. That way, you don’t have to deal with expensive airport food and drinks, which can cost 10% more!
Stay Away from Alcohol
You don’t want to have a hangover within a hangover, do you? But if you drink during a flight in the hopes of staving off anxiety or nausea, that’s exactly what will happen.
Granted, people don’t get drunk faster at high elevations. But alcohol is still a diuretic. That means it makes water retention and absorption more difficult for the body.
That scotch or Bloody Mary may help ease your nerves before (and a little during) the flight. That doesn’t mean you won’t feel worse later on, even when you’re back on the ground.
Wait Until You’re Back on Land to Satiate Your Deep-Fried Food Cravings
From fried chicken to fried Oreos to fried ice cream – Americans love frying them all. The fact that they spent $200 billion in fast food restaurants in 2015 also proves that.
We get it, trust us. But here’s a piece of advice for flyers who get nausea: Curb your cravings for these grease-packed foods. Not only can they cause nausea; they can also lead to nature calling you every so often.
That’s because they can make your body respond in a way called “gastrocolic reflex.” Fat speeds up the colon’s activities, resulting in forceful, even painful contractions.
You wouldn’t want to answer all those “calls,” would you? That’s even worse than nausea alone.
So, restrain yourself from indulging before and during a flight, especially a long one. You can always satiate your cravings once you’re back on land.
Kicking Nausea Away After Flights
What if after all that, you still experience plane sickness? Don’t worry, there are still some ways to get your body back in order. Here are a few ways to bid your nausea goodbye.
Reach Out for the Ginger
For starters, get some ginger into your system. It works wonders not only people with airsickness but also the digestive system. A study even found it can reduce morning sickness and nausea caused by chemotherapy.
If you feel icky during or after a flight, drink ginger ale. But don’t down everything in one gulp. That can lead to air bubbles developing in your tummy, making you feel even worse.
Much better though is to drink ginger tea hours before the flight. Having some ginger candy to suck on during the flight can also help.
Sniff on Essential Oils
Taking small sniffs of lavender essential oil can also help with motion sickness. Motion sickness and airsickness can both cause nausea, so it’s best you have a bottle during your flight.
If you don’t want to appear weird sniffing, you can go with essential oil wearables. You’ll find lavender oil necklaces you can don during your long-haul flights.
If all else fails, pop a Bonine. This antihistamine can treat nausea, banish dizziness, and keep you from regurgitating. It may knock you out during the flight, which is a plus if you’d rather get ZZZs than dizzy.
Stop Airsickness from Ruining Your Trip
Always getting sick on a plane can make anyone sick of flying. But we can’t deny that flying is the best and easiest way to travel. There’s also the fact that it’s much safer than driving (or being a passenger).
So, if you’re worried about nausea after flying, make sure you follow the tips we’ve listed above. That way, you won’t feel crummy even before your vacation begins.
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