Preventing jet lag and motion sickness

Summer vacation trips can offer wonderful, lifelong memories.

But motion sickness and jet lag can turn relaxing and fun trips into excruciating experiences. Who wants to potentially deal with nausea, diarrhea, headaches and irritability in such a fun time of the year?

Here are some tips to prevent motion sickness or jet lag from ruining your trip. 

Jet lag

  • Long before your trip starts, focus on eating healthy and getting plenty of rest and exercise. (Wait to splurge when you’re on vacation!)
  • Stay well-hydrated on plane trips, but with water — NOT excess caffeine or alcohol.
  • Time can throw you off, especially on a long trip. Switch your watch when you get on the plane and start acclimating yourself right away to that schedule. Stick to that new schedule as much as you can — eating lunch when it’s noon local time, not noon back home.
  • Spend as much time as you can outdoors when you first arrive at your destination, as the natural light (or lack of it at night) will help your body adjust.
  • If needed, melatonin will help you sleep according to the new schedule, as well. 

Motion sickness 

Many people prescribe many different ways to ward off motion sickness. Here’s a few of the most popular suggestions:

  • Avoid reading in a moving vehicle. Focus on distant objects.
  • Drink plenty of small sips of cold liquids.
  • Sit in the front seat, not the back.
  • Reduce head movements and try to relax.

Over-the-counter medications Dramamine or Bonine will help alleviate motion sickness if necessary. Take one of those 30 to 60 minutes before you may need it.

Non-medical remedies include pressure point acupressure with Sea-Bands, or ginger in a chewable, hard candy, gum or supplement. This can help prevent nausea.

Stronger prediction medicines are also available. See your doctor for the best course of action.

And enjoy your vacation trip!

Stop in to your local Ritzman Pharmacy today to talk about more ways you can stay safe and enjoy your vacation.