If you have even been car sick, sea sick or even nauseated on a plane you know that motion sickness can be super annoying and even ruin your day. It is defined as an inner ear disorder than causes nausea, dizziness and vomiting. It happens when there is an imbalance between your eyes, ears spinal cord. Luckily, there are some ways to reduce the chances of hitting you or coping with it even if it does.

  • First, you can try to prevent it from happening. If you are on a road trip, be the driver or sit in the front seat. Also avoid reading or being on your phone too much.
  • On planes, request a window seat.
  • On cruise ships try to book a cabin on a lower deck, at the back of the ship —those area aren’t usually susceptible to quite as much motion.
  • And, come prepared with items from the drugstore. Over-the-counter medications such as Gravol and Benadryl help with motion sickness. For a natural remedy bring along ginger candies.
  • If you are prone to motion sickness, you should take the recommended dose 1 hour before your trip starts. However, be sure to consult your doctor first.
  • And, if you can find them, sea sickness wristbands are also helpful as they work with pressure points to prevent nausea.
  • If you weren’t expecting to feel sick and don’t have any of these, get a gingerale.
  • For cruises, you might want to consider getting a prescription for a transdermal patch to promote inner ear balance. Talk to your doctor about your options.
  • And in the unfortunate case you are struck with motion sickness it is imperative that you keep your eyes open. It can be a gut reaction to close your eyes and laydown. But really you should do the opposite.
  • If you are in a car, look straight ahead at the road.
  • If you are on a cruise ship, stand on the deck and look out at the water or the horizon.
  • You can’t see movement ahead on a plane but it helps to look out the window at the clouds or at the ground below.
  • Following those tips should help reorient your inner ear and alleviate the symptom.
  • And finally, be sure to eat and drink wisely. Stay away from fried, spicy or rich dishes. And try to drink clear carbonated beverages that can help with nausea.

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