Simple tips to avoid airsickness – from chewing gum to ginger ale
Many air passengers suffer from motion sickness and this unpleasant condition can make travel very uncomfortable.
The problem stems from confusion in the brain related to different messages from the eye and the ear. Mixed messages can mess with the brain, causing nausea, dizziness, sweating, and vomiting, among other symptoms.
These usually only get worse if the plane experiences turbulence with anxiety and stress fueling another adverse reaction.
Car rental and airport transfer specialists StressFreeCarRental.com have produced some useful tips to help prevent airsickness.
A spokesperson said: ‘Whether people need to fly for business or pleasure, it is worth considering that they might encounter airsickness during their journey.
“We’ve compiled some tips to help anyone who might be feeling uncomfortable keep their illness at bay and prevent it from ruining their flight. There are lots of different ideas for making passengers feel good.”
Here are a “super seven” ideas from StressFreeCarRental.com:
Choose your seat: If possible in advance, try to book a seat near the window or to the right, in the middle of the plane. In these seats, the jolts of the plane in full flight are less felt by the passengers.
Control nausea: If you feel uncomfortable, try leaning back on the seat to let the chair take on as much weight as possible and don’t move your head too much. It’s a good idea to close your eyes or wear eye pads to help you in flight.
Aids to prevent disease: Peppermint gum can be good for nausea and it’s an idea to start chewing before you even get on the plane. During the flight, ask the stewardess for a ginger drink as it is another product that can ward off nausea.
Mastery of technology: Consider limiting technological aids that stimulate your brain on an airplane. Try not to watch TV, read anything, or stare at bright lights or screens for long periods of time.
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Loose clothing: Wearing loose clothing can help you feel more comfortable and less restricted, which is especially helpful on a long-haul flight. Wearing comfortable clothes will reduce the risk of stress-induced airsickness.
Good ventilation: From the start of your flight, get used to the air vents that come with your seat. A good supply of fresh air will help during a long journey to ward off sickness.
Eat light: Before boarding the plane, aim for light foods and drink plenty of fluids and avoid heavy foods and carbonated drinks that could cause you to bloat.
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