Some elderly people prefer to take sleeping pills as soon as boarding on the plane while taking a long-flight. They believe this will relief their anxiousness and bring sufficient rest. Unfortunately, this may cause huge threaten to the health. Because during the long-range flight, sleeping pills will drive passenger sleep, which may slow down the blood flow, at the same time, with the dry air inside cabin, it will easily trigger dehydration or changes in blood coagulation and form the deep venous thrombosis in legs. If the thromboembolus removes into pulmonary artery, it may block the artery and cause embolism. Therefore, the elderly people with heart disease, hypertension, diabetes or obesity, as well as those invalids should by all means avoid sleeping pills aboard.
Date: June 20, 2011