Why You Shouldn't Sleep Right Away When You Get On A Plane

Fight those drooping eyelids!
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Are you the type of person who dozes off the moment you're comfortably in your plane seat? 'Cause I totally am. After I tuck my carry-on baggage away, I look at the menu (priorities), and then the next thing I know, we're up in the air. LOL!

Unfortunately, dozing off during takeoff and landing is actually really bad for you. It could even lead to permanent ear damage. 

Pharmacist Angela Chalmers explained, "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."

So while this is happening, you should be actively trying to relieve that pressure, something you aren't doing while you're asleep. If your ears stay blocked, you could experience "dizziness, ear infections, eardrum damage, nosebleeds and hearing loss."

The next time you have to get on a plane, fight the urge to sleep right away...at least until you've taken off then PTFO. ;)

Sources: Travel + Leisure, Express 

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