Seasickness can be a common malady for some people even on calm water. It occurs when the inner ear that governs balance is interrupted by the motion of a vessel. It can happen on any size vessel, and usually dissipates in 12-24 hours after casting off, but not always.
Some people are more prone to it than others. Those that experience motion sickness in a vehicle, on rides at amusement parks, or even planes may need to combine a variety of methods to combat the nausea, dizziness, and vomiting that can accompany the condition.
The most common remedy is over-the-counter medications that are a type of antihistamine. Medical experts recommend individuals take control of the situation by engaging in conversation or other ways to distract the brain – other than reading. There are also acupressure wristbands that can be worn that will aid in alleviating seasickness. Some people take 1-2 grams of ginger prior to leaving the dock – it has the ability to settle the stomach.
Choose a seating position that experiences the least amount of motion and always be well rested before setting out. Anyone that will be going out on a boat should take care to avoid any foods that tend to upset the stomach, curb alcohol consumption, and avoid smoking. Spicy, heavy, and fatty foods can exacerbate seasickness.
Sometimes it helps to lie down to help the body’s sensory systems reset themselves, while others find it helpful to keep their gaze on the fixed point of the horizon. Medical experts also say it’s possible for individuals to talk themselves out of being seasick with positive affirmations and breathing techniques found in biofeedback.
Desensitization is also a measure that can help minimize or eliminate seasickness. Individuals should begin by exposing themselves to the motion of the vessel until they begin to feel queasy or display other symptoms, gradually working up to longer periods on the water.
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