For many people, this is just a minor, short lived inconvenience that dampens an otherwise pleasant day. For others, like fishermen and scuba divers who spend a lot of their time on or in the water, it can be downright deadly. Fortunately, researchers at the Imperial College of London have just published a study in the journal Autonomic Neuroscience showing that breathing out of sync with a wave cycle eases the symptoms of motion sickness.
By breathing slightly faster or slower than the cycle of the wave, the force of gravity is unable to do its work on our body. We stay in greater control over the movement of our abdominal organs, which confuses our brain and reduces the nausea. What is great about this research is that is shows a technique that does not rely on drugs or fancy equipment, so there aren’t adverse side effects or expensive costs.