The Super Bowl is a time to load up on snacks, stock up on beer, and cozy up in front of the TV to support your favorite team.
For Taylor Swift, it means traveling across 17 different time zones in just 24 hours to get to the game on time and support her boyfriend.
Despite having a concert in Tokyo the night before the big game as part of his long-running Eras tour, Taylor said he will be in Las Vegas in time for kickoff to support Travis Kelce, a tight end for the eventual Super Bowl champions. in Kansas City. Bosses.
“Hands down, the biggest question heading into this game: If the Chiefs win, will Taylor Swift be in the Super Bowl?” said sportscaster Ian Rapoport on the day of the NFL game.
“Sources say yes.”
However, to get to Las Vegas on February 11, that means rushing off her stage in Tokyo and hopping on a plane around the world, which could leave the 34-year-old at risk for health complications like blood pressure. discharge and blood clots. , mental confusion and bloating.
And the jet lag you’ll face could cause not only exhaustion but also diarrhea, nausea, irritability, and confusion.
Despite having a concert in Tokyo the night before as part of her long-running Eras tour, Taylor said she will be in Las Vegas in time for the kickoff to support her boyfriend Travis Kelce, a tight end for the eventual Super Bowl champions. the Kansas City Chiefs.
Taylor Swift plans to fly from Tokyo to Las Vegas to support her boyfriend Travis Kelce at the Super Bowl
Swift will have to fly across 17 time zones and more than 5,000 miles to get to the game on time.
According to experts at the Cleveland Clinic, if you feel like being on a plane is draining your energy, it’s not your imagination.
Dr. Matthew Goldman, a family physician at the Cleveland Clinic, said in a hospital blog post: “The pressure, temperature and oxygen levels in the cabin fluctuate and the humidity level is lower than at sea level.”
This can lead to disruption of several different systems in your body.
Despite being on a private jet instead of a crowded commercial plane for the 13-hour flight from Tokyo to Las Vegas, Taylor still feels discomfort.
A side effect of flying, Dr. Goldman noted, is dehydration.
This is because airplane cabins have very low humidity levels because half of the air that circulates comes from outside. At higher altitudes, the air is almost completely devoid of moisture.
This could cause a sore throat, dry nose and itchy skin, as well as excessive thirst.
Being on a flight for so long and crossing so many time zones also means that there will be different levels of light through the airplane windows.
This could disrupt Taylor’s circadian rhythm or her internal biological clock.
Natural light suppresses melatonin, a hormone that controls how people feel when asleep or awake.
It is produced in the pineal gland of the brain and its release in the body is controlled by light.
Although Taylor will travel in the comforts of a private jet, she will still be subject to jet lag and a host of other issues.
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During the day, when the eye absorbs light, melatonin levels in the body are low and as a result, we feel awake.
But when darkness falls and the amount of light absorbed by the eye is reduced, more melatonin circulates through the body, signaling that it is time to go to bed and making us drowsy.
Melatonin also prepares the body for sleep by lowering heart rate and blood pressure. However, if suppressed, those levels can fluctuate.
The different light levels on Taylor’s private jet mean that her melatonin production could be altered, causing her to lose sleep.
It could also cause an elevated release of the stress hormone cortisol, which naturally increases during the day and decreases at night.
Dr Russell Foster, a UK neuroscientist, previously told DailyMail.com: ‘Areas of the brain involved in learning, memory and emotions deteriorate during the night.
“At 4 in the morning, our brain capacity is similar to that of being legally drunk.”
This could mean slower reaction time and difficulty speaking.
Furthermore, even on a private jet, Taylor is likely to remain seated for long periods of time. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), traveling for more than four hours can lead to an increased risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
DVT is a blood clot in one or more of the deep veins in the body, usually in the legs.
About half of the time it causes no symptoms. In the other half of cases, DVT can cause swelling of the leg or arm, pain or tenderness, skin that is hot to the touch, and redness of the skin.
If left untreated, DVT could lead to a pulmonary embolism, a life-threatening complication that occurs when a blood clot breaks loose and becomes stuck in a blood vessel in the lung.
TO study 2022 found that after traveling for four hours, there was a 26 percent increased risk of blood clots for every two hours of air travel.
Changes in cabin pressure can also cause gastrointestinal discomfort, Dr. Goldman said. When the plane rises into the air and the pressure decreases, the gas expands.
Not only can this cause earaches and headaches due to air putting pressure on those areas, but it can also cause excess gas. This means more farting and burping.
Taylor is unlikely to get much sleep before embarking on her mammoth journey from Tokyo to Las Vegas. Experts warn that this could cause serious health problems.
Lack of sleep can lead to obesity, memory loss, diabetes, heart disease, intense and unstable emotions, impaired learning ability, and a reduced immune response, leaving you vulnerable to disease.
Then there’s the inevitable jet lag, which occurs every time you cross at least two time zones.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the risk of jet lag increases with each time zone you pass through.
In addition to sleep problems, it has been shown to cause an inability to concentrate, stomach problems such as constipation and diarrhea, mood swings, and a general feeling of unwellness.
Even if she gets some sleep during the flight, if Taylor goes from the stage to the plane and then straight to the Super Bowl stadium, she probably won’t get much rest.
Experts have previously told DailyMail.com that lack of sleep causes chaos in the body and a “domino effect”, where one malfunction triggers another, followed by another.
Eighteen hours without sleep is when blood pressure will begin to rise, making the heart work harder and putting additional pressure on the organ. Experts also said it’s similar to being legally drunk.
Sleep plays an important role in regulating hormones, and when the body doesn’t get enough, it can’t carry out its normal functions properly.
It’s also around 18 hours of being awake that the immune system will begin to accumulate inflammatory proteins associated with heart and chronic disease, and our natural “fighter” cells that fight bacteria and viruses become less effective.
If Taylor doesn’t sleep for about 24 hours, experts suggest she could have reduced reaction times, slurred speech, and slowed her thinking.
Other symptoms of a sleepless night include irritability, increased stress, poor concentration, and food cravings.
Dr. Carolyn Williams, registered dietitian and author of Meals That Heal, previously told DailyMail.com that lack of sleep affects your ability to make healthy food choices.
He also said that lack of sleep alters brain function, affects the foods you crave, the way the body regulates hormones, and the way the body processes food, making you crave foods you wouldn’t normally crave.
If she remains awake for 36 hours, Taylor may also experience microsleeps, brief periods of involuntary sleep that last up to 30 seconds.
During microsleeps, you appear awake and have your eyes open, but your brain “turns off.”
Studies have shown that brain activity slows down, making it impossible to process information. Without sleep, the brain tries to cope without having had the time it needs to repair itself, leading to extreme stress and impaired performance.
At 36 hours of wakefulness, different parts of the brain struggle to communicate with each other.
It means that memory, learning, decision making and reacting become difficult.
So while Taylor will be rushing to see her new boyfriend score touchdowns, her hectic travel schedule and lack of sleep might make her a little less enthusiastic while cheering.
However, with a little rest needed, you should be fine at the end of it all.