Unless you find that you possess flippers instead of feet and have gills for lungs, you will be most comfortable while you are spending your time on terra firma. But then, in all probability, most of your fun trips include travel by boat; so, to alleviate the concerns of seasickness on such occasions, you need to gear up the right way—by having the right tips up your sleeve.
Seasickness—Why does it Occur?
Seasickness is nothing but a specific type of motion sickness that takes place because of the conflicting signals sent by your body’s motion sensors to your brain. This uneasy feeling is usually triggered off by your inner-ear that tends to detect motion directionally and your eyes which end up detecting motion spatially. Your muscle, skin and joint receptors are also responsible for coordinating and aligning the orientation and motion of your body.
So, even while your eyes are viewing something that seems to be stationary (like your clammy reflection in the cabin’s mirror) but your inner ear understands the rockin’ and rollin’ of your cruise liner, your brain ends up rebelling and making you feel sick.
Who are the people who Get Sea-Sick?
Most people vary in their sensitivity to seasickness with children aged over two and women being worse placed than men. The overall cycle of motion also has a lot to do with the cycle of act if getting seasick too. It’s good to understand and remember that a typical loop of seasickness for larger ships is about five seconds, while smaller boats have less of an impact with shorter cycles.
Prevention of Seasickness
So, what are the best ways of keeping seasickness at bay? Well, if avoiding boat rides is not your scene, then it will do you good to give these acts a shot. You will be at your best by nipping off seasickness in the bud—right at the very onset if possible. Trans-dermal patches are probably the most effective means of ensuring that you remain fit and healthy on a cruise or short river ride and not get nauseous. However, this remedy comes packaged with its very own side effects that may include dry-mouth, blurred vision, drowsiness and so forth. Before applying them on-board, it is a good idea to test the same before setting sail and understand the visible side effects, if any. (Image by Ocean Networks Canada)
Natural ways to keep Seasickness in Check
You may also take the natural route to avoiding seasickness. So, if you begin feeling nauseous when you are sea, then move towards the center of motion of the boat, as close as possible to sea level. Ensure that you are facing the front of the ship, fix your gaze upon the far-off piece of land visible on the horizon and try to get plenty of fresh air—these steps will align your motion signals to your brain and help you get over the feeling. Avoiding alcohol, reading or watching TV also goes a long way in curbing your seasickness. And yes, you may also try pressing down on the right acupressure point co-relating to motion—just an inch above your wrist.
Sometimes, the best way of avoiding this stressful situation, is to go in for a good long nap.
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