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One of the main problems with long haul flights is that crossing time zones disrupts your sleep patterns and causes jet lag. Travelling eastwards is more likely to make you jetlagged than going west. Symptoms include tiredness, irritability, forgetfulness and disorientation. This can be a real problem if as well as arriving in a strange country; you have to cope with feeling jet lagged. You can help prevent jet lag by getting a good night’s sleep the night before you travel, drinking plenty of water, stretching regularly during the flight and taking daytime flights. To give yourself time to adapt to new time zones and recover from jet lag, allow one day’s recovery for every time zone you cross.

Economy Class Syndrome

Travelling for hours on a plane is not good for your circulation. Economy Class Syndrome is the commonly used name for deep vein thrombosis (DVT). DVT happens when a blood clot forms after being sat in cramped conditions for a long period of time. It is relatively rare, but research on the subject shows that it may be more of a problem than previously thought. The condition can be fatal. By simply moving around during the flight, walking up and down the aisle, stretching and drinking plenty of water you reduce the chances of developing DVT. Taking sleeping pills or drinking excessive alcohol during the flight is not recommended. The more mobile and active you are, the better. Smokers, obese people and women who are pregnant or using the contraceptive pill are at more risk of developing DVT.