Dealing with seasickness
What to do when you get that queasy feeling
Seasickness occurs when your body’s inner ear balance system reacts to the unfamiliar motion of the ship, causing an imbalance that leads to nausea. Seasickness often disappears after a few days, but waiting for it to go away is miserable.
Some onboard activities can make seasickness worse. To avoid seasickness,
- Do not go below decks for long, and when below, look out a porthole and gaze at the horizon.
- Do not look through binoculars for any length of time.
- Do not stare at objects your brain interprets as stable, such as a book, needlecraft or a compass.
Avoiding seasickness isn’t always possible, but try to stay on deck in the fresh air and focus on anything other than the boat’s movement. Facing forward seems to help, along with taking deep breaths and drinking plenty of water. Eating bland foods in the beginning will keep the hunger at bay.
Seasickness is easier to prevent than to cure, but you can do a few things when nausea overtakes you.
Before you shove off next time, try not to consume too much alcohol the night before, stay away from heavy meals and get a good night’s sleep.
- Take Dramamine or Bonine, over-the-counter antihistamines that can make you sleepy.
- The prescription anti-nausea medication Phenergan keeps vomiting to a minimum and lessens the chance of dehydration.
- Fishermen often wear prescription Scopolamine patches behind their ears. They should be in place before setting sail and last three days.
- Ginger, a natural herbal cure, comes in various forms such as capsule, chews, chips and root. Make sure you get real ginger.
- There are also wristbands that use acupressure to combat nausea.