Swinging is a way to make any voyage more uncomfortable. Let’s find out why it happens to get sick on planes and on the water, and how to get rid of the symptoms of seasickness.
Why We Get Sick
Our ears help us not only to hear, but also to keep our balance. Part of the inner ear is the vestibular apparatus, which assesses our position in space. During smooth motion (a cruise, car, train or airplane ride, and swings) the vestibular receptors tell the brain that the body is stationary, and the visual organs tell the brain that there is in fact movement. The brain processes the conflicting information, resulting in a “glitch.” This causes the person to feel dizzy and nauseous. When motion sickness is also characterized by cold sweat, weakness, headache, it is difficult for a person to concentrate, his skin turns pale, breathing becomes difficult.
Who Gets Motion Sickness Most Often
Anyone can get motion sickness, but most often it happens if there is:
- An innate predisposition to motion sickness.
- Inner ear disorders.
- Kids under 12.
- Parkinson’s disease.
What to Do if You Get Motion Sickness
Never read, play at Casino Betamo, or watch movies/series on your phone or other electronic device. During the process, you will concentrate on one subject. It’s stationary. As a consequence, your brain will stop controlling what is happening. Disorientation will occur. Your brain won’t understand what is going on. As a result, you will become nauseous.
The upper deck should be a permanent place to be. It’s where you can best see which direction the ship is going. How it does it. And so on. Accordingly, it will be easier for you to endure the trip here.
Sitting in a windowless cabin is categorically not recommended. You’ll get motion sickness. And you’ll get nauseous.
Antihistamines, which many people know as allergy medicine, help prevent motion sickness and relieve symptoms. But medications that cause drowsiness will be effective. Drugs that contain the substance dimenhydrinate are good for motion sickness.
Scopolamine patches also work, if you stick them one behind each ear four hours before a trip. The effect of these patches lasts for three days. The most common side effect is dry mouth.
If you are suffering from symptoms of motion sickness in transport, eat something small and low-fat before your trip or journey – it’s important that your stomach is not empty or too full. Caffeine and alcohol should be avoided, and you should drink more water instead.
In the car, open a window and breathe more fresh air. If possible, make frequent stops and get out to stretch. The phone and books worsen the symptoms of motion sickness, so it is best not to look at them. Instead, fix your eyes on an object outside the window. If possible, you can lie down and close your eyes.
If you continue to feel dizzy and nauseous after the trip is over, see a doctor.
If motion sickness interferes with your life – for example, you don’t tolerate cab or bus rides well – see your therapist. Your doctor will interview you and recommend the best way to deal with the problem.
Exercise in Advance
Exercise will help you improve your vestibular system. It will make it easier for you to tolerate trips to the sea. And you’ll be able to handle them with ease.
To train your vestibular system, before you go on a trip to the sea:
- Do some dancing.
- Walk on a beam.
- Do regular exercises to develop your torso. Rotate your torso. Use your head while doing this. Rotate your head.
- Run. At different speeds.
- Jump. In different directions. Rotate at different angles. Forty-five, ninety, one hundred and eighty degrees.
- Do gymnastics.
- Play basketball.
- Try figure skating.
And so on. It is recommended to do active sports regularly. Then your vestibular apparatus will work steadily. And you will feel great even on the ship.