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Plane Sleeping At Times May Not Good For Your Ears

Dorathy Gass

Avid flyers generally have a snooze or two while flying; it often depends on how early or late you are departing, your flight length, and whether or not you are adequately pre occupied or entertained while up in the air. Still, a Fox News report recently suggested that sleeping on planes may not be good for you, your ears, or health.

Uh oh.

Well, there is a catch. It’s not necessarily good to sleep on a plane during descent or takeoff.

According to the report by Travelweek, the air pressure in an airplane cabin can rapidly change when it is ascending into the air or descending back to your destination point. Due to improper acclimatizing, as such, a person’s eardrums can suffer the most, causing one’s Eustachian tubes to feel a vacuum effect that causes a clogged or blocked feeling to occur.

What to do? Well, it may just mean a minor rearranging of your plane nap time. Angela Chalmers, British pharmacist, offered a piece of advice to flyers who love to sleep while traveling the friendly skies. Simply stay awake while taking off and descent. This will allow you to yawn and swallow as much as possible to help decrease that pressure in your ear drums; you may feel a ‘pop’ occur as such, which can be a relief to some. Drinking water, sucking on candy, gum-chewing, as well as blowing your nose can also help to pop ears and should be done during takeoff and descent, especially for those who have a sensitivity to air pressure in their ears.

So, no sleeping while taking off or descending! Even if you are exhausted. It’s also important to note, should your ears still be blocked after you have flown, you may want to visit your doctor or local healthcare facility. As per MedlinePlus, ear blockage can progress into more complicated health conditions like nosebleeds, ear infections, damage to the eardrums, and potential hearing loss.