Seasickness ( AKA motion sickness ) is one of the things that discourage most cadets or first-time employee at sea. Also, passengers who travel through ships or air face motion sickness.
These usually happen during rough weather, cold, hight feel, etc. On this article, we will like to share ideas on how to overcome seasickness problem.
Firstly, what makes someone develop instant sea illness?
According to the definition and symptoms explained by medical professionals, as quoted;
seasickness, is a common disturbance of the inner ear. This is the area of the body that affects your sense of balance and equilibrium. Seasickness (AKA Motion sickness) happens when your brain receives conflicting messages about motion and your body’s position in space. The conflicting messages are delivered from your inner ear, your eyes (what you see), your skin receptors (what you feel), and muscle and joint sensors.
Now, once your body starts to react on the feelings, it will automatically result in symptoms like; vomiting, nausea, dizziness, and sweating.
These symptoms mostly happen suddenly, then progressing from just not feeling well to cold sweats, dizziness, and then vomiting. Your working mood will automatically drop, then feels not willing to work.
What to do when developed the above seasickness symptoms?
Let’s say at the first rolling or movement, you start to feel dizzy, the first thing to do is to take a leave from the job ( if not emergency) or where ever you are and then move down to the main deck ( waterline zone), where you can see outside. The reason is to give your body the movement control.
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It’s quite understood, that some people might develop eye motion while looking outside, in such case, going inside the cabin, lay down with your stomach facing down. Never face up, as it might lead to quick vomiting.
Try to put yourself together first, once you are in control of your feelings and adapt to the movement, cut some lemon and drink alongside with black tea.
Next, do not try to eat oily food at that moment, if you wish to eat, the best food is saltine crackers, or any light and bland food; you can engage yourself with some works or games to help your body adapt fully with the environment.
More ways to reduce motion sickness (seasickness) includes;
Use of antiemetic drugs such as;
the above medical option should be after the first recommendations and the vomiting feeling continues, try to request medical assistance.
Why it’s not recommended to take drugs in such case; it has side effects and also will not allow your body to adapt with environment/motion. therefore you will be in high chances to still have such issue in the future.
Once you follow the listed steps, you will surely get rid of the seasickness…
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