You’ve got the maps, the tunes, the road trip munchies and you’re all set for the journey. But even a well-planned getaway can quickly turn into “get-out-of-my-way” for anyone who has ever suffered from motion sickness. Whether by car, boat, train or plane – or even an amusement park ride, an exciting vacation can quickly turn sour unless you are prepared for the nausea that often accompanies travel.
Motion sickness strikes when the body, the inner ear, and the eyes send conflicting signals to the brain. This often occurs when the body is subjected to accelerations of movement in different directions or under conditions where visual contact with the actual outside horizon is lost. About 90 percent of people suffer from motion sickness at some point in their lives, with 1/3 of all people suffering in even moderate conditions and up to 2/3 suffering under more extreme conditions such as such as air turbulence, bumpy roads, and rough seas.
If you’re susceptible to motion sickness, when traveling:
1. Sit where there’s the least motion:
– in cars, drive or sit in the front passenger’s seat;
– on ships, reserve a cabin in the front or middle of the ship, or on the upper deck;
– by plane, ask for a seat over the wing; and
– by train, take a seat near the front and next to a window. Face forward.
2. Focus on the horizon or on a distant, stationary object. Don’t read.
3. Keep your head still, while resting against a seat back.
4. Don’t smoke or sit near smokers.
5. Avoid spicy and greasy foods and alcohol. Don’t overeat.
6. Eat dry crackers or drink a carbonated beverage to help settle your stomach.
7. Get fresh air. Crack a window, go on deck, open an air vent.
8. Wear Psi Bands: stylish, drug-free wrist bands for the relief of nausea.
This summer, enjoy traveling without motion sickness by following these drug-free nausea relief tips! (Learn more about Psi Bands below.)
Guest blog contributed by Amy Herzog of Psi Bands
There is now a stylish accessory that should be in everyone’s travel bag. The product is Psi Bands – acupressure wrist bands that relieve nausea caused by travel (motion sickness).
Psi Bands come in five different fun designs (two of them unisex), and are uniquely adjustable at two areas, around the wrist like a watch and at the acupressure point for personalized comfort. The FDA-cleared bands are also waterproof (shower, snorkel, scuba, or do dishes without having to remove the bands), reusable, and affordable. Psi Bands are drug-free, thus avoiding some of the common side effects caused by nausea medications, including: blurred vision, dry mouth, and drowsiness.
“Mompreneur” Romy Taormina invented Psi Bands (pronounced “sigh bands” as in breathe a sigh of relief) after personally experiencing many months of morning sickness during her pregnancies and finding nausea relief by using wrist acupressure. However, the existing products on the market were dull and unsatisfying, so she was inspired to create something both functional and fashionable for others who suffer from nausea.
In addition to relieving motion sickness, Psi Bands provide nausea relief due to pregnancy (morning sickness), anesthesia, and chemotherapy. Psi Bands are worn on both wrists at the Nei-kuan acupressure point. Acupressure is an ancient healing art that uses pressure to stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities. Acupressure has grown in popularity because it’s effective, easy to self-administer, drug-free, and affordable.
Psi Bands come two to a set and sell for $14.99-$19.99 per set depending on retailer and location. One band is worn on each wrist. Psi Bands are available nationwide at Rite Aid, REI, and select CVS/Pharmacy, Babies “R” Us, AAA Travel, and Whole Foods stores, as well as online. For a complete list of retailers and/or to learn more about Psi Bands, visit www.psibands.com.
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