Even seasoned fur seals are sometimes not immune to nausea. But there are simple things you can do to keep lunch in your stomach and smile on your face.
Seasickness is annoying: tiredness, headache, dizziness, sweat and nausea are the unpleasant symptoms that one suffered until at the end one is forced to make the embarrassing bow to Neptune by bending over the railing to the half-digested food to be left to the fish to eat. At least that’s what they say, the only effective remedy for mal de mer is a shady spot under a tree. But that’s not entirely true.
Seasickness (as well as nausea when flying or driving a car) is caused by various signals that are sent to the brain by the senses. The balance organ in the middle ear reports that the body is on a rocking platform. The eyes, on the other hand, when they are fixed on something close-up, suggest that the body actually remains still. This discrepancy in the head gives rise to the various symptoms of seasickness, which then lead to nausea and nausea.
And you are not alone: Research by the US Navy claims to have proven that only one percent of the population never gets motion sick, 10 percent are said to rarely have a problem with it. And the rest? Yes, he has a good chance of a skirmish with the hated kinetosis, as the condition is sometimes called.
To get the problem under control, many people like to take pills, but there is no guarantee for their effect either, because the same study only promises moderate effectiveness of such preparations. Dramamine, Bonine or the “miracle drug” Scopomaline and other antihistamines promise quick relief, but in return you could have to endure unpleasant side effects such as hallucinations. Therefore, it would be advisable to talk to a doctor about the intake and the associated with it before starting a trip Talking about risks.
So what in heaven’s sake can you do with a clear conscience to avoid having to sacrifice the pleasure of boating for nausea? We have put together 10 tips that have proven themselves in practice, cost little or nothing and do not require esoteric self-experiments:
1) Choosing a location on board: Stay amidships, where there are the slightest movements, avoid the stern and bow, where pitching movements are particularly acute.
2) Look into the distance: look at the horizon. There you see waves and so the impression that the eye delivers to the brain fits what the middle ear has to report.
3) Light food, plenty of water: Avoid hard-to-digest, fatty food and excessive alcohol consumption before driving and on the way. Drink plenty of water regularly, and most importantly, to prevent dehydration.
4) Go barefoot: This is easy to say on an autumn trip to the Lofoten Islands, but most of them usually go on the water in pleasant to summery temperatures. Why without shoes? Well, you don’t know for sure, but up to a third of the test persons in various experiments allegedly experienced an alleviation of the symptoms of seasickness.
5) The cool water: When you are not sailing a high seas regatta, jumping into the water – of course with the ship stopped and the conditions right – is almost guaranteed to be a quick cure for seasickness. As long as you tread water, everything is fine. But there is a horse’s foot: if you stand on the deck of a bucking boat again, the symptoms can return.
6) One root against evil: chew ginger. It is said that the Vikings, who are known to be great seafarers, already did that. Alternatively, you could also try ginger ale – but no rum, please. The Dark ‘N ‘Stormy should wait until the anchor is on a secure ground or the mooring lines are deployed on the quay.
7) With pressure and tape: In every reasonably well-stocked boat shop there are also so-called acupressure bands that are worn on the wrist and exert pressure on the inside of the forearm. If necessary, you can do this with your thumb and forefinger, as long as you don’t have your hands full.
8) Lie down: If you manage to lie down for a long time and maybe get a little sleep, you take away some of the confusing information from your brain, not only because your eyes are resting, but also because your sense of balance is quasi on standby Mode is located.
9) Fish food: Curiously, the most effective remedy is precisely the act that you want to prevent, namely hanging your head over the railing or beltline (to leeward, please!) And letting things run free. There is a good chance that you will suddenly feel better afterwards. The fish also benefit from it.
10) hold on! The body is adaptable and gets used to a lot after a few days, e.g. B. also to the rocking movements on board. “Most of the time” should be added here.