Front, back or in the middle: where do you get seasick faster on the ship?
The long-awaited sea voyage has been spoiled for many a vacationer: Many ship travelers experience symptoms such as dizziness, nausea and vomiting on the high seas. We are happy to point out that those affected should stay in the middle of the ship because the complaints are less. But is that really true?
Seasickness can spoil the trip
Extreme malaise, dizziness, sweating, sudden paleness of the face, nausea and vomiting: a boat trip can be a pure horror trip if the so-called "seasickness" occurs on the high seas. Affected passengers would then prefer to disappear; only where? Maybe a change of location on the ship can bring something. According to popular saying, you get seasick faster in the front and back than in the middle. An expert who really needs to know explains whether this is really true.
The middle is better
It is generally true that you get seasick faster at the front and back of the ship than in the middle. This has to do with the fact that the wave movements at the front and back of the ship are somewhat stronger than in the middle. As the director of the Port Medical Service in Hamburg, Martin Dirksen-Fischer, explained in a message from the dpa news agency, the effect is similar to that of a seesaw. However, many ships today have movement stabilizers. Therefore, the ocean waves usually don't have a big effect anymore.
Diet plays an important role
There are also other factors that influence whether someone gets seasick. For example, nutrition plays an important role. As the expert explained, people who eat healthy on board and thus have a generally stable basic constitution are less susceptible to seasickness. Other experts also point out that it is better to avoid alcohol, cigarettes and coffee to reduce the risk of seasickness. Vitamin C and natural medicine have also proven effective against travel sickness.
What to do if you are seasick
A person becomes seasick because the brain receives a different message than the body: the passenger sees something different than what he feels. As the message says, looking at the horizon can help. This brings the movements of the ship back into harmony with the other senses. Another measure that can help as a first aid in seasickness is to position yourself in the direction of the ship's movements, i.e. when tipping to the bow or stern or when the ship leans sideways to the port or starboard side. Relaxation techniques such as breathing exercises, autogenic training or progressive muscle relaxation can also be helpful to lower the stress level and focus on yourself. (ad)