How To Ensure You Won't Get Seasick

By Geoffrey Migiro on February 11 2020 in Travel

Dizziness, nausea, and fatigue are symptoms of seasickness.
  • According to the CDC about 100% of world’s population will or have succumbed to seasickness on rough waters.
  • Seasickness occurs during the first 24 hours after setting sail and then disappears after your body acclimates with the vessel’s motion.
  • It is quite rare for a person to stay or get ill beyond the first 24 hours, unless the boat encounters rough waves.

What Is Seasickness?

Seasickness is a type of motion sickness that is experienced by people after spending a few minutes on a vessel. Seasickness is characterized by nausea and vertigo in extreme cases. Just like carsickness, seasickness is caused by the movement of the vessel while it is immersed in the sea or the rocking motion of the vessel. With seasickness, it is quite hard to detect if the boat is moving since water doesn’t have a fixed point with which you can judge motion. However, poor-visibility conditions such as the presence of fog can worsen this condition. One of the main contributors of this sickness is the tendency of individuals affected by the surging/rolling motion of the boat to go below deck where they can’t relate themselves to the vessel’s motion and surroundings. Symptoms of seasickness begin with dizziness, cold sweat, headaches, yawning, fatigue, and then finally nausea (sometimes vomiting).

How To Ensure You Won’t Get Seasick

Take Antihistamines

The most popular and common remedies for seasickness are Bonine, Dramamine, and even Benadryl. Bonine and Dramamine are antihistamines and are over-the-counter medicines that can stop seasickness by merely blocking your sensory-nerve transmission. These antihistamines can cause drowsiness, therefore, make sure you try them for a week before using them on a boat. In order to build up the level of these antihistamines in the body, take the recommended dosage on the night before the trip and another one an hour before leaving. 

Wear A Patch

The most effective commercial seasickness remedy on the market is the Scopolamine patch. Scopolamine patches interrupt the communication between your nerves and the part-of-your-brain that controls vomiting. The patches, which are placed right behind the ear, have fewer side effects and are more effective than most antihistamines. Always make sure you test the patch on dry land before your trip and watch out for some of its side effects like blurred vision and dry mouth.

Apply Some Pressure

The traditional Chinese medicine has, for centuries, included acupressure on the inside part of your wrist, particularly on the spot referred to as P6, as one of the best methods for suppressing nausea that is associated with seasickness. There are several pressure bands that you can find in the local pharmacies. There are also other sophisticated battery-operated bands that deliver electrical pulses instead of some pressure on your arm.

Other Ways To Ensure You Don’t Get Seasick

One of the most effective methods of avoiding this condition is making smart decisions right before getting on the boat. Start by getting plenty of sleep right before the trip. Sleep deprivation is one of the main factors that magnify the occurrence of this condition since it interferes with your vestibular-system-habituation process. Avoid consuming alcohol 24 hours before the trip, and make sure you are well-nourished. One of the most common herbal remedies that have been used for centuries by sailors is ginger. Several researchers from Mount-Union College and Brigham Young University have discovered that Dramamine and 1 gram of ginger can be very effective when dealing with motion sicknesses. 

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