Some of the Best Tips for Avoiding Motion Sickness

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Nov 15, 2013
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Some of the Best Tips for Avoiding Motion Sickness

Taking a cruise or being a on a liveaboard for diving can be one of the most rewarding experiences. However, suffering from motion sickness could put a damper on your plans of exploration.  But never fear.  Below are 11 faithfully tested and highly acclaimed ways to fight against it.

Feed your body. For most people, an empty stomach is a more sensitive stomach. It is recommended that you should load up on carbs 45 to 60 minutes before you embark on your journey.  Also include some protein too such as yogurt, dry nuts, an energy bar or hard-boiled egg. Avoid acidic, greasy and spicy foods as well as alcohol and cigarettes.

Medicate. Another way to combat motion sickness is by simply buying an antiemetic such as meclozine (Bonine, Antivert, Meni-D, Antrizine) or Dramamine. (Meclozine quiets the portion of the brain that controls nausea.) Ask your physician about prescription meds such as Scopolamine transderm patches. Motion sickness medications work much better when you start medicating the night before.  If you wait until the boat is already moving (or you’re already ill) to take an antiemetic, it will probably be too late.

Go For Ginger. Many scuba divers swear by ginger.  A tasty bag of ginger snaps or can­died ginger nuggets might be all you need. It’s not exactly clear to researchers how this works, but studies show ginger acts on both the brain and the stomach.

Avoid “conflicting readings.” Look out across the horizon so your eyes register the same type of ac­celeration changes your ears are reporting. Avoid focusing on things that are close by, and especially avoid reading. Face the direction in which the boat is traveling.

Your nose knows. Odors can complicate the mix of signals to the brain, increasing your likelihood of becoming ill.

Stay in place. Standing in different lo­cations on a moving vessel will result in different amounts of velocity/accel­eration being transferred to your body. Stay topside, close to the center of the vessel as much as possible to keep at a steady rate.

Keep yourself hydrated. Drinking plenty of fluids before diving will help keep your stomach more full. Once again, an empty stomach is a more sensitive stomach.

Stay cool.  Becoming overheated puts you at a greater risk of becoming ill.

Heads up! If you feel the urge to vomit, move to the leeward rail (with the wind at your back), lean forward and try to direct your explosion to­ward the sea. The fish will thank you. Never go into the head (marine toilet).

Jump in. If you can, submerge yourself in water. This will usually rapidly quell queasy feelings.

For a diver, regulate it. It’s OK to vomit in your regulator. It’s not the most enjoyable experience, but it’s typically over very quickly, and you’ll feel better immediately.

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