Nothing is worse than something that gets in the way between someone and his passions.
One of the most savage left-handed pitches that fate can reserve for shipowners is the predisposition to seasickness.
How to reconcile the boundless enthusiasm for navigation with the malaise that derives from the swing of the boat?
First, it is useful to understand what exactly seasickness is, in order to prevent and avoid it.
technical term is motion sickness and refers to all forms of “movement
sickness”, whether it be boats, cars, planes or trains.
Basically, the malaise originates from a contrast between the signals received by our senses, in particular between the eye and the inner ear, where the organ responsible for our balance is located.
The contrast between the immobility of the body and the movement of the means you are on, as well as the greater efforts to stand and walk, causes dizziness, pallor, nausea and vomiting.
The possible presence of seasickness and its intensity depend very much on the individual predisposition; in fact, it does not affect anyone and many shipowners manage to resist even the roughest sea.
For those who are afflicted by this malaise there are several solutions.
Specific drugs allow to inhibit the unpleasant sensations and symptoms related to motion sickness. For example, there are bracelets that put on the wrists reduce the effects of seasickness by exploiting the principles of acupressure.
Before falling back on these remedies, it is good to follow these simple tips:
- Avoid the bow. Among all areas of the boat it is the one subjected to the greatest oscillations;
- Staying on deck. Fresh air is a panacea for seasickness, so it is better to stay on deck rather than below deck, even better if standing looking at the horizon;
- Cover yourself. Being a disorder that affects the stomach, avoiding heat loss from the body helps prevent the onset of seasickness;
- Eat light. Due to the connection between seasickness and stomach, it is useful to avoid eating heavy meals and consume alcohol before and during navigation;
- Be distracted. The best way to avoid seasickness is to distract yourself, focusing on other activities, making the movement of the boat less noticeable. Be careful which activity you choose: in fact, reading a book tends to worsen motion sickness because it requires you to fix your gaze on a nearby object that is constantly shaken by the movement of the boat and the waves.
The best way, however, is perseverance. Continuing to follow your passion in spite of seasickness, the body gradually gets used to the movement of the boat and automatically reconciles the confusion between the sensory organs.
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