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Avoiding Sea Sickness

Have you even been on a boat and experienced the dull, nauseating sensation of rocking back and forth? Nearly 85% of boat travelers experience the green feeling of seasickness when traveling over water. Seasickness is the result of a miscommunication between your brain and your feet.  The feet tell the brain that they are on solid ground, and the rocking and rolling of the ocean tides confuse the brain. Although seasickness is likely during rough waters, there are ways to mitigate the effects.

Lets say you are sailing Turkey, and enjoying the wonders of the Mediterranean Sea. The last thing you want to be doing is feeling sick and not being able to participate in the experience. There are ways alleviate and control the affects of seasickness.

The first suggestion is to look up and towards the horizon. Seasickness is a problem of sensory overload and confusion. When you are positioned on a solid boat that is rolling over water the inner ear, eyes, and feet send conflicting signals to the brain. One area of the body is certain that you are on solid land; while the other is assured that you are rolling in the ocean.  This confusion causes a queasy sensation that often leads to regurgitation. If you simply look up, and gaze out to the horizon, you can fix your vision on a stable image. This will help your brain make more sense of the environment, and diminish the queasy feeling.

After gazing out on a fixed point, it is best to tame the stomach with a relaxing beverage or medication. Coke is known to cure nausea, because it is comprised of sugar, phosphoric acids, and emetrol, which are all over the counter anti-nausea medications. If the coke isn’t enough, it is best to take a stronger motion sickness pill.

Dramamine, Bonine, and Benadryl can help quell bouts of motion sickness by blocking certain transmitters in the brain. These drugs are effective, but can cause tiredness and fuzzy thinking. If you do not want to inhibit your mind, there are anti-nausea bands that purportedly alleviate seasickness through acupressure.

The last suggestion is to stand in an area of the boat that rocks the least. The best place to stand is the in the middle of the boat, rather than the sides.

If you are sailing Turkey, and want to limit seasickness, it is best to take precautionary measures to prevent illness. For more information, contact a local sailing organization. Charters can help provide helpful tips and information that will keep you happy at see.

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