Not everyone is a good traveler. For some, it is agony as they experience extreme discomfort caused by motion. The symptoms they manifest include dizziness, nausea, and cold sweats. This condition is known as motion or seasickness. What causes it, and are there measures that can be taken to deal with it?
This is a feeling of illness that comes about as a result of the disturbance of the inner ear. Those who suffer from motion sickness experience this feeling when they travel by air, boat, car, or train.
It is believed that motion sickness is a result of conflict between what we see, for example, motion and what the inner ears sense: stillness. The mixed signals result in a feeling of dizziness and general illness.
You can minimize the chances of motion sickness by literally taking control of the vehicle. Evidence shows those who sit in the driver’s seat do not suffer from motion sickness. However, if you must travel as a passenger, avoid reading, keep your eyes fixed on the horizon and ensure that there is a flow of fresh air in the vehicle.
Select a seat in a calm area; the middle of the aircraft is a good location because you will experience less motion there. A window seat also works as you can look outside. Turn the air vent to face you so that you can get a flow of cool air.
A cabin in the middle of the ship will minimize motion. Close your eyes to dispel the dispute between vision and the inner ear. Alternatively, sit on the deck and focus on the horizon.
It is recommended that you avoid rich spicy food before and during travel. It is also best to eat light, stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and avoid alcohol which speeds up dehydration. Dry crackers and sucking on a lozenge may also help to settle feelings of nausea.
An ancient cure, ginger has been found effective in combating nausea and some ingest it prior to sailing. You can either use fresh ginger or purchase it in tablet form.
This is a prescribed medication that comes in the form of a patch. It prevents nausea and vomiting due to motion sickness. The patch is placed behind the ears a few hours before travel and left in place for up to 3 days.
These include Meclizine and Dimenhydrinate (marketed under the trade name Dramamine). These drugs effectively prevent the symptoms associated with motion sickness; however, the drawback is that they cause drowsiness.
The above shows that it is possible to beat motion sickness by planning ahead and taking preventive measures. Plan your diet, rest, and select a good seat and you will enjoy a trouble-free journey.