This Is Why You Should Never, Ever Sleep While a Plane Is Taking Off or Landing
You’ve made it. You managed to navigate your way through a busy airport without robot assistance; you breezed through security because you didn’t pack any items that might get you flagged ; and you successfully boarded the plane . Now you’re comfortable in your seat in the ( kind of incredibly germ-ridden ) cabin, and there’s even a little bit of elbow room, as the flight isn’t fully booked for once .
With the hassle behind you, you settle in with your neck pillow, pop some of these sleep-inducing songs on your iPod, and get ready to spend quality time sleeping on a plane. And you’re about to make a huge that will put you at as reported by Travel + Leisure .
It’s not because of the music. It’s the shuteye part. According to MedlinePlus , falling asleep during landing or takeoff could cause serious to your ears . It all has to do with the rapid changes in air pressure in the cabin.
If you’re awake, a natural response to alleviate pressure on your eardrums during takeoff and landing is to “pop” them, to maintain a pressure equilibrium. If you’re sleeping on a plane, you can’t actively work to relax those muscles and release the tension.
“A quick change in altitude affects the air pressure in the ear,” says Angel Chalmers, a British via Express . “This leads to a vacuum in the Eustachian tubes which makes the ears feel blocked and sound dull.”