Sea sickness is very much real and can even make tough guys turn green or drop to their knees. The symptoms of sea sickness include dizziness, fatigue, nausea and vomiting and have something to do with the balance center of the inner ear. Here are some methods of avoiding sea sickness when sailing, fishing or cruising.
Sea sickness tablets are the best way to control nausea, vomiting and dizziness on the seas. Many non-drowsy pills containing ginger are available in the market with or without prescription. They soothe the stomach and prevent gas and flatulence. These pills are suitable for adults and kids and must be taken ½ an hour prior to activity. Other tablets for sea sickness are Dramamine and Bonine and they are available over the counter.
For longer cruises, medicine in the form of patches is available in the market. Scopolamine patches release the sea sickness medicine slowly in controlled amounts through the skin. Do note that these medicines have side effects like drowsiness.
3. Best food for motion sickness
Children and adults who tend to suffer from motion sickness should eat light meals prior to travel. Some crackers are best. Ginger, as stated above, is proven to reduce sickness and nausea caused by motion. So have some ginger ale, ginger snaps and/or decaf-ginger tea before sailing or traveling. Carbonated drinks can also help settle the stomach. Avoid gas-inducing spicy foods, alcohol and tea and coffee. Also avoid histamine inducing foods like tuna, tomatoes, salami, cheeses and sauerkraut. Never travel or sail on empty stomach or after having had a large meal. It is a good idea to keep snacks on hand for long cruises or travel.
4. Anti sea sickness glasses
This is an unconventional approach to avoiding motion sickness on the high seas. You can always use sea sickness pills but those who do not want to put chemicals in their body can use these electronic glasses. They can even be used during car travel or in airplanes. The best part is that they provide UV protection too and look good. Men and women can use them when sailing or fishing. The glasses tone down the sensory inputs which helps you avoid looking at rolling water. On the downside, these glasses are not fit for those who have to work on the sails/boat/yacht.
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Rechargeable anti-emetic motion and anti sea sickness wristbands are available these days and many are also FDA approved. They are effective for people who suffer from car sickness air sickness and sea sickness. Many come with the feature of adjusting levels of intensity depending on the extent of one’s symptoms. Women who suffer from morning sickness during pregnancy can also safely use these bands to avoid nausea. The bands look fashionable and are discrete as well. Acupressure wristbands also work and they apply pressure on certain points on the wrists which decrease sickness symptoms and gastric disturbances. Since there are no known adverse effects, you can safely use these methods to stop motion sickness before it starts.
6. Neck bands
Like wristbands and sea sickness bracelets, you can go in for FDA approved neck bands to avoid sea sickness while sailing or fishing. The neck bands emit frequencies which create a sensory mismatch between your ears and eyes to prevent dizziness, nausea and vomiting.
7. Stay hydrated
Before you set sail, for 2-3 days, take certain precautions like increasing your water intake. Drink tons of water-at least 12-14 glasses every day. Once you start your cruise or sail, even if you feel sea sick, stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids on an hourly basis even if sea sickness symptoms strike.
8. Vitamin C
It is a good idea to start appropriate sea sickness medication 24 hours before sailing. Take plenty of vitamin C, which is touted to be one of the best motion sickness medicines for cruise, as it counters histamine production.
9. Focus on the horizon
If you start feeling sick on the cruise or while sailing, take the helm. Focus on the horizon. If your boat is overpowered, reduce sail.
10. Lie down
Get back on deck or lie down. Lying down minimizes histamines reaching the brain and can help stop motion sickness after it starts.
11. Let it out!
If you feel nauseated, throw up. Just make sure you do it safely and not by leaning over the lifelines. Most people feel better afterwards but it is important to keep up one’s fluid intake to prevent dehydration. Airplanes provide bags for this purpose. Always carry an extra set of clothing for accidents especially when sailing with children prone to sickness.
12. Inhale essential oils
To cure motion sickness after it starts, inhale essential oils like ginger, peppermint, spearmint oils. This is a safe cure for sea sickness for those who do not want to take pills or tablets. Keep a bottle of the oil or an essential oil inhaler in your pocket. Many roll-on and inhaler products containing these essential oils are readily available and you can safely carry them during air travel as well. The molecules of the oil travel through the olfactory system and curb the nausea cycle.
13. Avoid moving, reading or playing games
On a cruise, avoid using your phone, e-book readers, tablets etc. Children should especially avoid playing or reading as these activities tend to exacerbate the symptoms. It is especially important to avoid head and body movements. Lying down or reclining is best.
14. Avoid backward facing seats
Certain seats like window seats, backward facing seats in cars, trains and planes and side seats in boats can also increase symptoms. Avoid them as far as possible. The middle seats are best as there you are restricted to looking forward and avoiding peripheral vision. So try getting a seat in the middle of the boat/plane.
15. Get some fresh air and breathe slowly and deeply
Inhale slowly and deeply. This will divert your mind and help curb nausea. You can also sit down and place your head between your knees. Continue inhalation and exhalation slowly and deeply. This is necessary to calm the stomach.
16. Stay calm and relax
Keeping a positive attitude is very essential to avoid sea sickness and motion sickness. Nearly 45% of people respond well to placebo medicines for motion sickness. This indicates that psychological factors play an important role along with past experiences of travel sickness. So stay calm and try not to get too anxious about traveling or sailing. Meditate, breathe or chant – these activities relax the mind and keep it occupied.
We hope these tips help you enjoy your sailing trip!