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Combating Seasickness on a Sailing Holiday

January 24, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 140

Seasickness is something that many people will suffer from at least once in their lifetime, and while some people seem to be born with 'sea legs' or the ability to sail across choppy waters without becoming ill, other people can find that even the slight bobbing of a boat in gentle waters can leave them feeling a little queasy. Despite this, a number of sufferers do enjoy going on sailing trips and boating holidays every year; but how do they deal with the dreaded effects of seasickness?

Like travel sickness, seasickness is a form of motion sickness, and while traditionally many believed that the motion of the boat in the water led to discomfort in the abdominal region, which then led to nausea and vomiting. However, recent research has revealed that the real cause of seasickness is actually the most unlikely culprit - it's all to do with the mind.

Essentially, the mind needs something solid and still to concentrate on, and the lack of this causes nausea in some people, and while many peoples' way of dealing with seasickness was to try to sleep, and to go below decks, the best way to deal with it is to stay on deck and to focus on the horizon, whilst turning your head to both sides repeatedly. While this may sound odd, and it will probably look odd too, it will help the mind switch its reference point from the boat (which is moving) to the horizon (which is still).

While it is still advisable to pack anti-sickness medication, it's important to remember that they only treat the symptoms of seasickness, and not the underlying cause, so they will be more of a temporary gap than an all-out cure. Once you've left the marina, try not to do usual travelling activities such as reading, watching TV, or even conversing with your fellow travellers. This may appear rude, but abstaining from these activities will allow your brain to get used to the sensations of the boat quicker, and therefore help you enjoy your boating holiday that little bit more.

Before you board, there a number of things you can do on dry land that will help you ensure your boating holiday is as comfortable as possible. Depending on your marina and its facilities, you might be able to eat something before getting on the boat. This is very important, as hunger can make you feel very nauseous, which is only made worse when you're sailing. Also, try to abstain from alcohol before boarding, as again, alcohol can irritate the stomach, and leave you feeling quite queasy, especially if you haven't eaten before boarding.

Do check out what facilities your marina has before you set off on your holiday, and make sure that you're well prepared for your holiday by stocking up at your marina and keeping an eye on the horizon when you're sailing.

So whether you're setting sail from one of the many marinas in Oman, the UAE, Saudi Arabia or elsewhere in the world, make sure that you've taken all the precautions possible to stop you feeling ill on your wonderful boating holiday.

Harvey McEwan writes to offer information and advice on a variety of areas, from technology to holiday destinations. Read through Harvey's other articles here to find out more.

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