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7 Tips for Beating Jet Lag as a Flight Attendant

As a flight attendant, I change time zones more often than most people change outfits. On my last stretch of flying, for example, I slept in six different time zones in six days, traversing as far west as California and as far east as Amsterdam. Flying across so many different time zones, especially as frequently as flight attendants do, can cause jet lag, scientifically referred to as desynchronosis, which is a disruption of your body’s internal clock and circadian rhythm.

Jet lag is one of the hardest parts of flight attendant life and if not handled properly, can leave you feeling like a perpetually jetlagged, sleep-deprived zombie or worse – have long-term negative impacts on your health. Luckily, there are many things you can do to avoid feeling like you’re going through your flights – and life – like a character from The Walking Dead. Here are seven tips for beating jet lag as a flight attendant!

Wherever you are, that’s the time
Being a flight attendant is a bit like being a time traveler. Once, for example, I left Narita at 4 p.m. on a Monday and landed in Atlanta twelve hours later at 4 p.m. on a Monday. It can make your mind reel if you think about it too much, which is why my cardinal rule of traveling is this one: Never, ever think about what time it is back home or at your last destination. It is only ever the time where you are! Jet lag is, at its simplest, just your body’s internal clock getting out of sync with local time. The more you think about what time it is elsewhere the more difficult it will be for your body to psychologically and physically adjust to the time where you are. If you need to, switch your watch and the clock on your phone and laptop right after takeoff so you don’t fall into the trap of comparing time zones.

Take full advantage of crew rest
Most articles about jet lag recommend sleeping as much as you can during night flights. This is sadly not a practical tip for cabin crew unless you’ve landed yourself a dream trip with a long deadhead or ferry flight. It goes without saying, however, that you should take full advantage of your crew rest and the time given to you during the flight to sleep. The second your crew rest starts get your booty in that seat or bunk and get to sleep! Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200. Do not get on your phone and start texting. Do not slip up to First Class and eat all the ice cream sundaes. You want to get as close to eight hours of sleep in a 24 hour period so every second of zzzzs counts!

Don’t sleep the day away
Taking a quick power nap after your flight will help your body adjust and get some much needed rest, but don’t let yourself simply sleep the day away or you’ll delay your body’s ability to reset to local time and will spend all night tossing and turning. Instead, give yourself 70-90 minutes to nap, which science shows should allow you to experience all three sleep stages without waking up during slow wave sleep, which makes you feel groggier. If you have difficulty falling asleep after a flight, try wearing sunglasses on the bus ride, closing your curtains and turning off all the lights in your room right away, shutting off your phone and the TV, and eating a light snack or meal high in carbohydrates to help your body get in the mood.

But skip the nap entirely if you get in too late
The wisdom passed down from generation to generation of flight attendants is to skip the post-flight nap if you get in past 11 a.m. I live dangerously, however, and generally push this back until 1 p.m. Whatever time you decide is right for you, make sure it isn’t so late that it will interfere with your ability to get to sleep at a normal hour or get a full eight hours of sleep before you wake up again the next morning.

Stay hydrated
Even mild dehydration can make you feel lethargic or moody. Drink plenty of water before, during, and after your flight to keep yourself in top form and help your body cope. The general rule of thumb is to drink eight ounces of water for every hour you’re in the air plus extra if you’re drinking something dehydrating like coffee.

Hit the ground running
It might feel like the last thing you want to do, but get some exercise. Research has shown that besides the standard health benefits and endorphins of exercise, it can also help your body adjust to time zone changes. Anecdotally, this is one of my favorite, time-proven ways to cope with jet lag. A quick workout after my flight (or post-flight power nap) or early morning exercise the next day seems to work the best for me but getting your body moving at any point is one of the surest ways to feel like yourself again. As a bonus, going for an outdoor run, long walk, or hopping on a bike is also one of the best ways to explore your destination and can help you get some much needed sunlight!

Let there be light
The main clock that regulates your body’s circadian rhythm is kept in the suprachiasmatic nucleus of the hypothalamus, which sits just behind your eyes. It’s located there in part because your brain uses light to help synchronize itself to the world, which means you need as much light as possible when you’re supposed to be awake and as little as possible when you’re supposed to be asleep. I like to head outside and walk around or go for a long outdoor run (see above!) to get some sunshine and help my body adjust, and I try and turn off the TV and all my electronic devices well ahead of the time I’d like to be asleep by.

Shannon Hill
Blogger @ Tramontanetravel
Flight Attendant, USA



Why Alarm-Free Shoes for Airline Professionals?

SKYPRO aims to be the Number 1 company caring for crews worldwide: this is our Mission, this is our ultimate goal and this is why we get up in the morning – and tend to leave late at night!

In order to accurately care for crews, some steps need to be taken when conducting all our Research and Development; that is why we examine crews’ daily routine and try to understand where we can potentially help them feel safer, healthier, more comfortable and ultimately better cared for.

Eventually we presented FullSense SkyProtect, which consists of 6 key components that should not be overlooked when purchasing shoes for an airline:

  • Anti-Skid;
  • Alarm-Free;
  • Ambicork;
  • Anti-Static;
  • Innocuous Leathers;
  • Absolute Comfort.

Today I shall address the Alarm-Free component: as you can probably guess this is very important for a frequent traveller and paramount for cabin crew and pilots.

How have we managed to accomplish this in our shoes? Not an easy challenge! All heeled shoes have something between the outsole and the insole and its purpose is to hold the heel: it is called a shank. Traditionally, the shank is metallic and the main responsible for beeping on airports. This was one of the first big tests to our R&D Department because we had to try many components and eventually achieve a IATA-certified product. We had to come up with something that would be airport-friendly and that would be very durable, very resistant and very light – and we came up with a composite material that checks all the boxes.

Shoes are one of the most important uniform items for airline professionals: our whole weight is put into them and the more technology we are able to equip them with, the better – especially one that is so handy!

SKYPRO is focused and passionate about helping airline professionals to better perform at their jobs – in a world where air traffic keeps rising and demand for cabin crew and pilots never ceases, there are not that many companies that worry and develop the right tools for these unsung heroes.

In short: no “beep-beep” with SKYPRO shoes!


Choose your favourites at our Online Store!


Afonso Leitão
Account Manager


THE IR SHOW 2018 – Valencia, California (USA)

The Independent Retail Show

“Twice yearly, bringing independent Retailers and Reps together with a common goal…..Buying shoes the old fashioned way. An informal, relaxed way to buy and sell shoes, early in the season.”

July 31st – 1st August @ Hyatt Regency Valencia, California, USA


About SKYPRO presence…

“The IR show is a regional show held in Valencia, California. The attendees are owners of the best comfort stores throughout California and Tucson, Arizona. There were about 20 buyers that attended this event.

The response to our brand was very good. Everyone acknowledged and appreciated the quality and styling of our shoes.

Skypro was the only dress shoe brand in attendance so we stood out. Most of these stores focus on comfort casual footwear and many told me that they didn’t have much, if any, of a dress shoe business.

The stores that do have this business expressed that there is an opportunity with Skypro, the fact that we have a following within the airline industry was recognized as an advantage.”

David Wellman
Sales Director







SKYPRO Winner Logistics System for Airlines Supply

All organizations face challenges to their operation: one of the most pressing concerns for SKYPRO is the logistics aspect of all our shipments – these shipments need to preserve the goods’ quality and ensure a delivery that meets our clients’ deadlines.

Due to these concerns, SKYPRO takes much pride into being very adaptable to the described variables: we face fierce competition and innovation is also a great pillar of what we do – this sometimes involves the rethinking of strategies and, once thought, the capacity to quickly adopt certain responses, always bearing in mind the needs and demands of our clients.

Our effort is not only about selling our products, allowing for the airline industry to feel safer, healthier and comfortable: it is also towards a democratisation of the knowledge we have acquired over the years, educating customers and airlines on what the latest tendencies are, on which new technology we can incorporate. It is safe to say that no improvisation is needed: however, we strive to adapt and overcome.

The industry we belong to is global, even though we privilege some local aspects, such as all our production sites. However, being global also means that logistics could be a pain to handle. That is why Operations play such a big role in ensuring our clients are happy not just with the product we have produced, but also with what they receive at their premises and what crews receive at their place.

Everyday there are new challenges, new skills to develop and knowledge to be found. We have many chances to positively revolutionize the airline industry, elevating its standards and ensuring all its players are equipped with products that enable them to fly their customers with a smile on their face.

Akemi Araki
Operations Manager

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The Best Compression Tights for Flight Attendants

Combining innovative technology with fashion forward design, SKYPRO’s compression tights helps flight attendants prevent swelling, varicose veins, and even blood clots while still looking stylish.

One of the things that never looks good with a flight attendant uniform? Swollen ankles and feet! Whether flying a bunch of quick turns or a long flight across the Atlantic, long stretches of time on our feet and changes in air pressure can cause uncomfortable – and sometimes dangerous – swelling.

Technically referred to as “gravitational oedema,” feet swell when you fly because blood has to fight against gravity to travel up through your legs. Whether sitting for long periods of time like pilots and passengers, or standing for hours on end like flight attendants, blood begins to pool at the point furthest from your heart (and closest to the earth) – your feet.

While typically harmless, this swelling can cause deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or the formation of a blood clot deep within the veins. Flight attendants and pilots are especially at risk of developing deep vein thrombosis, blood clots, and swelling due to the physical nature of our jobs and the amount of time we spend in the sky. We’re also more susceptible to unsightly spider veins and varicose veins because the veins in our legs have to work consistently harder to push blood back up our legs.

flight compression tights

As professional and frequent travelers, one of the most effective ways flight attendants can fight the affects of gravity on our bodies is by wearing compression socks or tights. Compression tights improves blood circulation by using tightly woven materials and graduated compression, meaning that unlike regular hose they are tighter toward the ankle than at the knee and thigh. This prevents blood from pooling at your feet and assists your body in pushing blood back up toward your heart.

Unfortunately, compression socks and tights are often more frumpy than fashionable. With super thick knits that completely obscure your actual legs and colors that make your legs look anything from beige to orange (but never the actual color of your skin), the compression tights I’ve tried in the past has made me look like I bought my tights from the geriatric section of a pharmacy.

Which is why SKYPRO’s compression tights (black or skin colour) are a total game changer! These pantyhose combine innovative gradient compression technology with fashion forward design so flight attendants can enjoy the benefits of compression tights while still maintaining an elegant, glamorous look. They’re thick enough to prevent swelling while still appearing slightly sheer and letting your natural legs show through. The woven fabric is comfortable and soft on the skin and – as a bonus! – increases their durability so they don’t run easily and last through many a trip.

They also feature a reinforced foot with massaging insoles, again increasing durability and preventing achy, sore feet. Perhaps most importantly, they’re specially constructed to fit a woman’s figure, with no slipping or rolling at the waist, bagging at the knees, or uncomfortable pinching. In addition to aiding in circulation, the compression technology also smoothes and tones your figure so your uniform fits and looks better. They’re a stylish solution to swelling and an important investment in your comfort and health!

Available in black and a pretty, tanned skin tone, SKYPRO’s compression tights is available in a variety of sizes here.

Shannon Hill

Blogger @ Tramontanetravel

Flight Attendant, USA



Notes: This post is an opinion Article without medical endorsement. The opinion of the author and in no way reflects the opinion of or an endorsement by her employer.
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