Some people can travel by car but then they get dizzy on a boat, train or plane and even suffer nausea. There is no absolute certainty as to why people feel bad when travelling on certain means of transport, but it could be due to some conflict in the organs involved in movement. The human brain perceives movement when it receives signals from the inner ear, eyes, muscles and articulations. When the signals do not coincide, the result is discomfort associated to movement. For instance, in a boat the inner ear perceives movement but eyes don’t. Blind people, however, also experience discomfort associated to movement, therefore vision may not be a determining factor to explain this discomfort. Here are a few tips that will help you avoid, or at least reduce, the negative effects of dizziness:
· On a boat it is best to stay on the deck, because the higher you are on a boat the more likely it is that you will get dizzy. You are more likely to get seasick at the bow than at the stern. And since the boat tends to roll to the sides, the best seats are located in the middle.
· If you are travelling by plane, try to get a seat near the front edge of a wing. And place the air shaft above your seat towards your face.
· If you travel by train, ask for a seat in the front rows, by a window and looking forward.
· It is always best to keep your eyes on the horizon if this is possible.
· Drinking two cups of camomile a day in the days leading up to your trip is quite helpful.
· Papaya and pineapple juice are good for preventing nausea. Have a glass of either of these juices before travelling by boat, plane or train.
· You should not drink a lot of liquid but should eat solid food (for instance any variety of nuts) that does not cause gas to avoid vomiting.
· Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages. It might double the problem.
· If you take pills for dizziness, do it half an hour before the trip begins.
· You’re better off seated than standing, and laying down is even better, with your eyes closed. When you start feeling dizzy, try to keep you head at a lower level than your stomach.
· Never focus on objects in motion.
· To avoid dizziness on a boat, a strange, effective and accessible remedy is covering your stomach area with newspapers under your clothes. Nobody knows how or why it works, but apparently it helps keep you warm and helps ward off dizziness.
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