If you have to rush to the airport at 6 a.m. to catch an early morning flight, the ease of finally settling into your seat might be enough to send you immediately to sleep.
However, snoozing during takeoff and landing is not what’s best for your health, according to MedlinePlus, a health information site by the National Library of Medicine. Doing so could create a number of health issues, including permanent damage to your ears.
The reason behind this is that air pressure inside a plane changes rapidly during take off and landing. As British pharmacist Angela Chalmers explained to Express, “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.” Read more