January 1, 2010, Newsletter Issue #109: Seasickness

Tip of the Week

Seasickness can turn any exciting water adventure into a nightmare. Seasickness presents itself in a variety of very unpleasant ways such as headaches, nausea, dizziness, vomiting, and an overall feeling of malaise. People who have a tendency towards motion sickness are more likely to suffer from seasickness, however it can strike anyone.

When it comes to treating seasickness, the best defense is a good offense. Taking certain precautions before getting out on the water can make a world of difference. Some of the most successful preventative measures:

∑ Try to get a good nightís sleep
∑ Donít drink alcohol beforehand
∑ Eat a healthy meal, try to avoid greasy food
∑ Drink plenty of water
∑ Take prescription or over the counter motion sickness medicine
∑ Eat ginger, a natural seasickness medicine
∑ Place motion sickness patches behind the ear
∑ Acupressure bracelets

If you find yourself out on the water without a chance to prepare, there are a few things that can relieve symptoms a little and make the boat ride more pleasant.

∑ Stay close to the middle of the boat where there is less movement
∑ Look at the horizon
∑ Do not lie or sit down
∑ Stay up on deck, and try to avoid confined spaces
∑ Keep busy to take mind off of the sickness
∑ Sleep on back
∑ Sip water or eat fruit to stay hydrated
∑ Eat soda crackers to help upset stomach
∑ Avoid fumes from boat if possible
∑ Motion sickness medicine can help after the onset of symptoms

Taking a few simple preventative measures before going out can mean the difference between having an enjoyable time on the water and spending your boat ride hanging over the side.

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