September 27th, 2023 | Motion Sickness
Navigating Nausea on Rough Waters
Ahoy there! Are you planning an exciting adventure on the high seas? You’ve got everything prepared, plans rolled out, and spirits boosted? Still, only one thing is bothering you. The fear that motion sickness will kick in as soon as they set sail on the mighty seas. Yes, that unpleasant feeling of nausea and dizziness can turn your sea voyage into a bumpy ride. But fear not, we’ve got you covered with some handy tips to help you navigate those rough waters.
When you’re out at sea, the constant movement of the ship can mess with your inner ear, which handles maintaining balance. This conflicting information between what your eyes see and what your inner ear feels can throw your brain into a spin, leading to those uncomfortable symptoms of sea sickness.
The bad (or good, depending on how you look at it!) news is that not everyone suffers from motion sickness at sea. However, if you’re one of the unlucky ones, here are a few tips on how to avoid sea sickness.
Choose your spot wisely
When selecting your seat on the ship, aim for a location that doesn’t feel like it’s moving constantly. The result – no motion sickness! The ship’s middle, close to the waterline, tends to be the most stable area. In contrast, avoid seats at the front or back of the ship, as these areas tend to be more wobbly, tripping even the mightiest of pirates.
Look at the horizon
Fixing your gaze on a stable point, like the horizon, can help your brain calibrate and reduce the conflicting signals that trigger motion sickness. Glance at the horizon periodically, but avoid staring for too long. If the horizon isn’t visible, you can try closing your eyes and picture a serene meadow or relaxing environment without much movement.
Have some fresh air
Head out to the deck and embrace the fresh sea breeze. Being in an open, well-ventilated area can help alleviate symptoms of sea sickness. Just be sure to dress appropriately and hold on tight to avoid any unexpected surprises from rough seas.
Take it easy on your stomach
Avoid heavy, greasy, or spicy meals before your voyage. Instead, opt for light, bland snacks that are easy on your stomach. Ginger has long been hailed as one of the best motion sickness remedies, so consider sipping ginger tea or nibbling on ginger candies. And hey, if you’re looking for an effective and all-natural solution, check out the Queasy Line of products specifically designed to combat motion sickness, including trendy nausea bands.
Sip on water throughout your journey to stay hydrated. The reason behind it is as simple as day – dehydration triggers sea sickness. Make sure to keep your fluid levels up, but avoid alcohol and coffee since they make things worse.
Try to listen to pleasant music, read a nice book, or have a chat with someone on the deck. Focusing on something other than the ship’s motion can help take your mind off any queasiness.
Medications and remedies
Over-the-counter motion sickness medications such as dimenhydrinate (Dramamine) or meclizine (Bonine) can help prevent or ease the condition, but might upset your tummy afterward. That said, it’s best to check out the Queasy Line of products, including our motion sickness bands, for a smooth sailing experience. Read more on our blog to see how they work, and try them out for yourself!
So there you have it, me hearties! With these tips in your treasure chest, you’ll be ready to conquer the high seas without fearing motion sickness. Bon voyage!