Preventing Seasickness

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Preventing SeasicknessDo you enjoy photos of beautiful places, but cannot visit them, although you want it so much? Seasickness may strike while you are traveling in a car or on a bus, boat or plane. The problem stems from a weak vestibular system that needs to be trained. Repetitive stimulation of vestibular system reduces unpleasant sensations. All training programs for pilots and spacemen are based on this effect.

Anti-Seasickness Training

Our anti-seasickness training begins in the cradle. We get our first lessons from being rocked in a baby bed, a stroller or in parent’s arms. Then comes somersaulting, dancing and merry-go-rounds. As we grow older we can train our vestibular system deliberately. Twisting of the body, slow bending of the head forward and to the sides, running at varying speed with sudden stops, jumping with 45, 90 and 180 degrees turn, aerobics and figure-skating are all very effective. If you visit a bathing pool, try to swim the crawl more often and move along an imagined lengthwise axis of the body. This will increase your resistance to seasickness by 50-80%.

Remedies for Motion Sickness

Today, various drugs and homeopathic remedies for motion sickness are available in drug stores. Read the label carefully before taking them. Some medications may act as soporifics. If no medication can help, consult a neurologist. They will find an effective remedy for you.

Home Remedies for Seasickness

What if medications are not handy? Take a lemon along. When you feel the sickness coming, put a piece of lemon in your mouth and suck it. Mint caramel, chewing gum, spices or something sour are less effective but still could help.

Tips How to Prevent Seasickness

The following tips will help you prevent seasickness while traveling.

  • Do not overeat before you set out.
  • Do not go traveling on empty stomach either. Have a snack 1-1.5 hours before you leave. Have something hot and low fat. Avoid alcohol and sodas.
  • If you suffer from motion sickness, try to choose seats in the middle (in a plane) where you will experience the least motion.
  • Try not to move your head. It is better to prop your head against a head cushion or a pillow, or to assume a reclined position.
  • When traveling by car, try to stare ahead instead of at side windows.
  • Do not read.
  • Dampen your neck and temples with a slightly wet towel or cloth occasionally.

2 COMMENTS

  1. I’ve found ginger capsules to work surprisingly well for short trips, like 25 miles off the coast. I have a very low tolerance for motion on planes or boats on the open sea. If I take ginger capsules 3 days prior to my trip and keep ginger candy on hand I do ok for about an hour on moderately choppy seas. Strong ginger tea is another favorite in addition to the capsules. They worked as good as Bonine and I had non of the side effects the meds cause. Good luck everyone!

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