Seasickness is a form of motion sickness that occurs when you travel on water such as in a ship or on a canoe or a boat, etc. It is sometimes referred to as mal de mer. Seasickness occurs when the body’s inner ear balance gets thrown off by the motion of the ship. This causes your brain to become confused. As a result of the stress and confusion of your brain and inner ear area, you become queasy.
Other symptoms of mal de mer include:
- Pale, cool & moist skin
- Muscular relaxation
- Increased flow of saliva
- Sunken features
- Possible hallucinations
- Cold sweats
Although seasickness can be a very uncomfortable and distressing condition, it is usually quite temporary. It doesn’t last for more than 2-3 days at the most. Some of these treatment options can even help before you set foot in the water as preventative measures.
- Taking deep breaths
- Drinking plenty of water
- Enjoying herbal remedies such as ginger
- Using non-pharmaceutical aids like wrist bands
- Sucking down a Dramamine or other over the counter motion sickness remedy
- Try to get enough sleep
- Avoid fatty, fried and/or greasy foods
- Find a spot on the boat where motion is at a minimum, etc.
To keep your seasickness from getting worse, it’s probably best if you are taking a cruise, for example, you spend your first few days above deck. Going below deck without any fresh air will make things worse. You’ll also feel the motion more. You should also try to find a spot on the horizon to focus your attention on. This will ‘bring your brain back to Earth’ so to speak and keep you less confused … and less queasy.
The important thing to remember is that seasickness doesn’t have to keep you from enjoying the water. You can learn to cope with the condition and create fantastic memories on the sea.