Nothing can ruin a tropical vacation like getting sea sick. Sea sickness is a common problem many experience during exposure to repetitive motion – like the rocking of a boat on the waves. Some people are more sensitive to this form of motion sickness than others, and it can be hard to know how the sea will affect you until you've been on board for an hour.
The last thing you want is to feel nauseous and dizzy on your vacation. Fortunately, you can prevent seasickness – or at least lessen its effects – by following these simple tips.
Get Plenty Of Rest Before You Set Sail
If you're especially sensitive to motion, be sure to get plenty of sleep the night before you hit the water. A lack of sleep and general exhaustion dramatically heightens the chance of getting motion sickness. Traveling alone can be exhausting, so take extra efforts to get enough sleep so you can have a fantastic time on the water.
Try Some Antiemetic Drugs
You can find a wide array of medications to ward off or mitigate the effects of sea sickness over the counter. Known as antiemetic drugs, these medications for nausea include antihistamines like Dramamine and Bonine.
Antihistamines act as barriers to prevent the transmission of messages to the section of the brain that controls vomiting and nausea. If you're prone to motion sickness, take one of these an hour or so before you get onboard to help prevent sea sickness from occurring.
You can also take patch or pill scopolamine drugs. These drugs can only be obtained with a prescription. They prevent or ameliorate sea sickness by counteracting the effects of specific chemicals the brain releases when sea sickness occurs. Because they're prescription strength, they are typically more effective than over-the-counter meds.
Get Some Fresh Air
Find an open portion of the vessel. Spend a few minutes on the balcony or deck to breathe in the fresh air. Let the wind blow into your face so you feel refreshed and more grounded.
It may sound counter-intuitive, but many believe fresh air can have an enormous impact on nausea. There are several theories behind this. For one thing, cool air helps calm the stomach more than hot air. If you're sailing through a cool breeze, those goosebumps may help fight off sea sickness.
Additionally, the fresh air gets rid of any smells that could make your nausea worse.
Keep your mind off the boat's motion by staying active while on the water. Just about any activity besides staying in one spot will help reduce your nausea. It's important to stay active before you start to feel sick because, once you do, you'll have a harder time making yourself exercise.
Head To The Middle Of The Boat
The boat's up and down and side to side motion won't be nearly as extreme in the middle of the boat. As a result, you'll move less on the waves when you're in the center of the ship, as opposed to sitting on the edges.
If you start to feel queasy, move far away from the edges and sides of the boat until your stomach settles.
Eat Some Crackers & Ginger
Fill your stomach with something plain and light like crackers or pretzels. Fibrous foods – particularly the bland variety – are known to soothe upset stomachs. Having something on your stomach could prevent an onset of nausea as well. Just be sure to avoid eating too much.
If you start to feel queasy, try ginger. Ginger is a natural remedy for seasickness. Some studies reveal that ginger's active compound 6-gingerol enhances "gastrointestinal transport" and calms the stomach. You can eat ginger in its candied form or drink it in ginger ale and ginger teas.
If you're prone to motion sickness, chances are you'll be prone to seasickness as well. Before you jump aboard, try one of the tips listed above to settle your stomach and prevent sea sickness before it starts.
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