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Managing Air Sickness

While anyone can get airsickness, certain people are more susceptible to it and have often problems when they travel by plane. Motion sickness usually caused by conflicting signals of your senses that inform the brain. The inner ear actually reacts to the actual movement whereas other signals confused the body and hence these cause nausea and in some cases vomiting.

People generally get annoyed or frustrated when they frequently come across this sickness. While there is no cure for this sickness, one could follow some tips to prevent air sickness and have a wonderful journey. Carrying emesis bags is one of the major things to remember for sufferers of motion sickness. Here are some more tips to follow:

Heavy Meals: Try to avoid spicy or salted foods and do not consume wholesome meals. A small meal consumed frequently would help in avoiding the sickness. Avoid foods that would make your stomach uneasy. Do not board the plane with an empty stomach or do not eat anything immediately before flying. Drink water and juices to stay hydrated throughout the travel. Do not forget to pack your vomiting bags though.

Seat Posture: It is always advisable to choose the seats wisely based on your condition. Though most airlines allow the passenger to choose their own seats, selecting a seat near the wings will usually have the least amount of motion during the flight travel and will help the person to focus on other objects which could reduce the sickness.

Natural Remedies: Though medicines could help in preventing the sickness, natural remedies, like consuming ginger, could help in digestion. In some cases, wearing an acupressure wristband helps to stimulate the acupressure points which would help to control nausea and vomiting.

Breathing: Taking slow and deep breaths helps to manage the motion sickness. This also helps the body to calm down and prevents the sickness. Usage of neck pillow and resting the head on the seat also helps to stabilize the movements of the body and provide relief which could prevent these sensations. Try to get fresh air and if possible, open the air vents and focus on some objects, which would probably reduce the sensation.

Music: Hearing music with headphones helps to focus on the music which will relax the mind and body and blocks out other noises that could provide stress that would increase the sickness level. It is always advisable to hear some soothing music rather than hard rock which will put more stress to the ears and naturally to the brain which will finally increase the sickness.

To sum up, staying positive also has a big impact as it helps the mind to be busy. Getting over this air sickness usually takes some time, but if the above steps are followed, one could control air sickness and have a pleasant travel.