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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 night's sleep
· Don't 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.