Floating After a Long Flight

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If you take long flights, you’re familiar with jet lag – headaches, “land sickness,” and feeling out of place. Float therapy has been touted as a remedy for long flights and is proven to work. Before you schedule your next flight, consider scheduling an NWFC float session to help cope with common jet lag symptoms.


Headaches are a common symptom of jet lag, perhaps because your body stays at high altitudes for extended periods on long flights. People who suffer from migraines or frequent tension headaches find it harder to get over jet lag-induced ones or to separate one set of symptoms from another. Floating helps in many ways. Sensory deprivation eliminates headache triggers such as loud noises, strong smells, and bright lights. During a 60- to 90-minute session, the nerves in your brain may stop processing pain signals. Additionally, many floaters report their bodies feel lighter after floating, which decreases the grogginess and malaise often associated with jet lag headaches.

Land Sickness

People who take frequent long flights sometimes report land sickness afterward. This can range from mild nausea to full disembarking syndrome, or mal de debarquement. In disembarking syndrome, a person feels as if they are constantly on a boat or rocking dock even though the ground beneath them is solid. This can cause vertigo, nausea, and sometimes panic attacks. Floating may alleviate such symptoms because during a session, your body remains sitting or standing in one place, completely deprived of sensory triggers. Your muscles relax, and you are better able to focus on one thought at a time. After each float session, you may find it easier to walk and interact on land.

Feeling Out of Place

On a long flight, your sense of time easily becomes disrupted. This is especially true when crossing time zones or the International Date Line, but can happen on almost any flight. Once you leave the plane, you may struggle to get a sense of what time it is, where you are, and what your body is doing. For instance, if you ate dinner before your flight, but your new time is 6:30 pm, your body may erroneously send hunger signals. Although you might not go straight from the airport to a float session, a short one can help you reorient. Once you’ve been sensory deprived for a while, time will make more sense outside the tank. You’ll be able to interact effectively, retrain your body to respond to hunger and satiety, and sleep better.

Before you schedule your next flight, book a float session with NWFC today.

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