The lack of habit to the boats’ movement and the unconscious stress of sailing for the less accustomed, are the two most frequent causes to get dizzy on board, but not the only ones.
Other factors can cause it, such as, for example, odors inside the ship, especially those released by fuel residues in the bilge, or the strong humid and closed environment, due to the lack of ventilation.
Our physical condition as we embark also has a lot to say. Any ill-prepared stomach for the excess or lack of food or drink, as well as fatigue from lack of sleep are bad allies. In addition, the psychological factor, thinking in advance that we can get dizzy, plays against us.
9 Tips to Prevent Dizziness
1- We can prevent dizziness by taking some specific medications or using some solutions such as pressure wristbands.
2- Do not get on the boat after a strong meal, but also not fasting.
3- Be well hydrated.
4- Beware of the hangover and the effect of alcohol.
5- Let’s try to embark for a long time before releasing ties to adapt to the “soft swing”.
6- If we are affected by the lack of fresh air or we detect that “we have a bad day”, avoid entering the interior until we are “safe”.
7- Keep your eyes on the horizon or looking into the distance. Do not read, use you mobile phone or the computer.
8- Try to distract yourself and not think about possible dizziness.
9- Do not arrive tired to the boat because lack of sleep and exhaustion favor dizziness.
Getting dizzy is unpleasant, especially if we still have a lot of time to navigate. You have to be understanding, if any crew member suffers it. Do not overwhelm them, continually asking them how they feel. On the other hand, we must try to distract them and forget that dizziness is a problem, let alone a drama.
9 Tips to Cure Dizziness
1- Refresh your face, neck and wrists with water.
2- Avoid being cold or hot and try to get some fresh air.
3- During the day, with good temperature and calm sea, a dip in the sea is miraculous.
4- Avoid having an empty stomach or too full, ingest small amounts of food or drink every hour until the stomach settles.
5- Eat light things, avoiding fats and indigestible raw foods such as garlic, peppers, etc.
6- Olives, mint and ginger are a good help.
7- Lying on a bunk affects movement less.
8- If the lack of fresh air is a problem, the bathtub is a good place to lie down and even sleep.
9- Taking the helm or looking at the stars are the best actions to distract us and forget about dizziness.