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Why you should NEVER sleep during takeoff and landing on a flight – The Irish Sun

BEFORE attempting to nod off when your plane takes off, you might want to wait until you’re airborne.

Experts have revealed why you should never sleep on takeoff and landing unless you want to be in pain later.

Sleeping during takeoff and landing can cause health problems

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Sleeping during takeoff and landing can cause health problemsPhoto credit: Getty

This is because the change in pressure can ravage and permanently damage your eardrum.

British pharmacist Angela Chalmers told the Express: “A rapid change in altitude affects the air pressure in the ear.

“This creates a vacuum in the eustachian tubes, which causes the ears to feel congested and sound muffled.

“Try not to sleep during takeoff and descent as you will not swallow as frequently and this can lead to stuffy ears.”

According to health information website MedlinePlus, leaving your ears blocked can cause a number of health problems.

These include dizziness, ear infections, eardrum damage, and even nosebleeds and hearing loss.

By staying awake during takeoff and landing, passengers can pop their ears to equalize the air pressure on the eardrums.

According to MedlinePlus: “Swallowing or yawning opens the Eustachian tube and allows air to flow in or out of the middle ear, which helps equalize the pressure on either side of the eardrum.

“When the Eustachian tube is blocked, the air pressure in the middle ear is different than the pressure on the outside of the eardrum.”

That’s how it’s done Stop your kids earache during a flight when they burst.

Also, you should never fly when you are sick as it can also affect your ears.

Tom Tripp, a former aviation journalist and Boeing executive, said: “I once flew from Washington DC to Los Angeles while suffering from a very mild cold.

“I didn’t have a fever and didn’t feel particularly constipated. However, my sinuses and inner ear had a lot of trouble equalizing the pressure of descending LA

“In fact, one ear just wouldn’t clear and I was almost in tears from the excruciating pain upon landing.

And forget Llean against the window if you want to sleep during a flight.

A flight attendant warned you never to lean on it, for a pretty disgusting reason.

Linda Ferguson, a member of the cabin crew who has worked with airlines for 24 years, said it was the dirtiest part of the plane, with passengers regularly coughing and sneezing against the surface.

Try to hold your nap until you're airborne

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Try to hold your nap until you’re airbornePhoto credit: Getty

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