Person Leaning Over The Edge Of A Boat With Seasickness

HOW TO PREVENT SEASICKNESS WHILE BOATING

Seasickness can take the fun out of boating. For those who have this form of motion sickness, the vessel’s movement brings about nausea and even vertigo, in some cases. Thankfully, there are ways to treat this unfortunate affliction. Some are preventive measures — you can solve the problem even before boarding the boat. Other remedies will help you deal with seasickness as it happens.

Here are my tips on how to prevent and deal with seasickness while boating.

TAKE ANTI-NAUSEA MEDICATION

If you’re prone to seasickness, it’s better to take anti-nausea medication even before boarding a boat. You can take the medicine as early as 24 hours before your trip. Your body will time to adjust and absorb the medication. Hopefully, you won’t have to suffer from seasickness (as much) while cruising the waters.

As an alternative to medication, you can try wearing an acupressure bracelet. Some believe they provide relief from seasickness. Unlike anti-nausea medication, they won’t make you feel drowsy. However, the effectiveness of these bracelets may depend on the wearer.

BE IN GOOD PHYSICAL CONDITION

Another way to prevent seasickness is to be in good physical condition ahead of your boating trip. If you already aren’t feeling well, chances are you’ll be more susceptible to seasickness. You can also prevent seasickness by getting enough sleep the night before. When it comes to diet, avoid eating food that is greasy, spicy and acidic. Moreover, don’t drink alcohol. A hangover will exacerbate nausea and vomiting.

GET SOME FRESH AIR

If you’re feeling seasick, being in an enclosed space can make you feel more nauseous. Head to the deck and get some fresh air. Deep breathing also helps reduce symptoms. Try to relax and as much as possible. If you can reduce your feelings of anxiety, you will be more capable of controlling your condition.

LOOK TO THE HORIZON

Aside from getting fresh air, it also helps to look to the horizon. This allows your eyes to register the movement of the vessel. Your brain aligns itself with what your inner ear senses. Avoid using your mobile devices or reading a book in the meantime.

POSITION YOURSELF IN THE MIDDLE

The up-and-down and side-by-side swaying motion of the boat causes seasickness. To help prevent seasickness, position yourself in the middle of the boat. There is less motion here compared to the other areas of the vessel. Also, make sure you’re facing the direction you are travelling. Don’t sit backwards.

LIGHT SNACK AND SODA

Some people who experience seasickness feel better after eating a snack. Eat something light and dry, such as saltine crackers or bread. Drinking small amounts of soda can also help you feel better.

Seasickness feels horrible. What’s worse, you’re in the middle of the water, so there’s no way to escape. If you are heading out for the first time or on a different boat for the first time, keep in mind these tips on how to help you deal with seasickness.

 


 

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John Steele
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John loves cooking at home and outdoors, travelling, fishing and discovering a new life. He's got loads of experience he wants to share while he adventures through retirement.