How to Cope With Sopite Syndrome

Sopite syndrome is familiar to many people. Sometimes is is manifested only by dizziness and sleepy state. But in the most cases the symptoms are much more annoying. Nausea and vomiting can spoil the impression from any travel. But there are some ways to ease the unpleasant symptoms and travel make your ride more comfortable.

  • The first and the main rule to follow is not to drink any alcoholic beverages the day before trip. Alcohol is a toxin that may be a cause of dizziness and nausea itself. If you normally feel quite good during the trip taking even small amounts of alcohol may provoke your body to develop the negative symptoms of sopite syndrome.
  • Choose your seat wisely. The seats in front of the bus are usually less subjected to influence of vibration. If you sit in the back you are more likely even not to remember about headache or nausea. That also concerns the trains. Moreover the seats that are close to the connection or carriages are in constant motion which isn’t usually noticed by the passengers.
  • Take antihistamine medicine in the evening before the trip. In that way you will kill two birds with one stone. During the long car or bus ride a human brain produces the substance called histamine. It affects the neurons and arouses the brain areas that control the tonus of unstriated muscles. Due to high concentration of this hormone in the blood we feel nauseous and dizzy and sometimes throw up. The antihistamine drugs will reduce the histamine level and make us asleep during the trip.

  • Try to move slowly and avoid making sudden and fast movements of your head. Take a small pillow to prevent your neck from aching.
  • Don’t eat too much before the trip. Drinks a glass of mineral water instead. But ti travel with a completely empty stomach is not a good idea as well. In that case you may prevent vomiting but are likely to faint. A carton of fresh yoghurt and a cup of tea with a biscuit will be enough. You will have a proper meal later when you arrive at your destination.
  • Choose calm and soothing music to listen while traveling. Avoid sharp and heavy sound. Hard rock or heavy metal can’t be the best music for a long road. Listen to some relaxing sounds of nature, such as waterfall or rain complemented by soft sounds of flute and piano.
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