A Message From Your Sky Nurse:
I have been an emergency room nurse for over 15 years. Staying healthy and avoiding illness is essential to my career as well as my family. The key to staying healthy is reducing exposure and keeping your immune system working for you. I have also been an avid traveler for many years and visited destinations all over the world. While doing so, I have used these principles when traveling on airplanes.
Being in the sky for any length of time takes it's toll on your body and mind, so doing what you can to reduce your exposure and keep your immune system strong is key. Recycled air, cabin and passenger noise, time changes, contaminated surfaces, and airborne infections are examples of increased stressors that are pervasive in our world of modern travel. Knowing how to deal with these stressors will keep you well and in a state of balance to enjoy your travels both during and after.
These are crucial, yet simple things you can do to stay healthy:
Sleep, sleep, sleep... More sleep helps you fight off the common cold and the flu.
Reduce cabin and passenger noise... Noise pollution affects sleep, eating habits, mood, concentration and body functions such as respiration and heart rate.
Don your mask to reduce airborne infections... If you are coughing or the person behind you is sneezing or coughing, put your mask on. There is no better way to protect yourself or those around you.
Surface wipe down... Wipe your tray table latch, table, and armrests. This is your best way to remove germs from previous flyers. This is now your living space.
Sanitize hands, again and again... Especially before eating. Keeping your hands clean is one of the best ways to prevent getting or spreading infection and illness.
Support your immune system with vitamins and fluids... Extra vitamin C and good hydration boost your immune system.
Airlines are formidable carriers of the common cold. A recent study says that colds may be more than 100 times more likely to be transmitted on a plane than during normal daily life on the ground, according to the Journal of Environmental Health Research.
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