Nausea in the Float Tank

can you get nauseous in the float tank

Can floating make you nauseous?  Is nausea a common experience in the float tank?

From what I’ve read nausea is not very common during a float.  I experienced nausea during my first four floats.  The nausea came on slowly during the float.  I think my second float was the worst.  I nearly got out of the tank.  Obviously, you should get out to the tank if you feel like you are going to get sick, you don’t want to ruin the water.  I just focused on my breath and the nausea was tolerable.  The nausea quickly went away when I got out of the tank.

I’m not sure what causes the nausea.  Maybe the disorientating feeling one can have in the tank?  I’m not prone to car sickness, so I don’t think it is that.  Maybe it has to do will magnesium, the electrolyte changes from the magnesium being absorbed by the skin?

Either way, it doesn’t matter to me anymore.  I float frequently and have not had any nausea since my initial floats.  It doesn’t seem to be very common.  I wonder if taking a couple of ginger capsules before getting in the tank could prevent it?

Have you gotten nauseous in the float tank?  How did you deal with it?

30 comments… add one
  • Amy

    I did my first float last night and had to crawl out 40 minutes into my float out of fear of vomiting. I felt sick all the way until I went to bed. I was told it is due to vertigo, motion sickness/disorientation. I am afraid to do it again, so I think I will just stick to my massages and forego the float.

    • Bummer, Amy. I float all the time now and never get nauseous. I think it is worth it to get your body adjusted to being in the tank, but everyone needs to decide for themselves.

  • Tracy

    I experience this too … I just pop a gravol before (you can also get non-drowsy ones) and that solves it.

  • Ami

    First float last week and I barely made it through the 60 minutes. I experienced spinning almost immediately, was then nauseous the remainder of the time, and barely made it out of the pod without losing my cookies. I experienced nausea through the next day. It was not pleasant. I attribute it to either an inner ear or weightlessness issue as it started at once when I relaxed in the pod. There was no “detoxification” going into effect that quickly. I also tend to get seasick on smaller boats and in rough water while diving, which leads me to believe it is physiological.

  • Vivienne Simpson

    I have just done my first float and experienced severe nausea, a similar feeling to being car/sea sick. It came on relatively early in my float. I certainly feel disappointed as I was looking forward to the whole experience but it was not pleasant at all trying to fight the feeling !

    • Sounds like my experience too. My first two floats I was very nauseous, now I never have any symptoms.

    • Chris

      I came out of my first float 3 hours ago and still feel nauseas now! I came in early in the float! Not nice!

  • Jen

    I tried my first float on Thurs and I did ok until approx the 20 min mark and I have to get out bc I thought I was going to throw up. Ever since I have had horrible nausea and it’s Saturday night! Agh! I have taken Zofran to help and it only helps temporarily! No more floats for me!

  • Tom in Texas

    To balance this comment section out, I began floating in 2012 and have floated for over 150 hours and in that time I’ve never come close to anything resembling nausea at all. It’s been all positive for me. So it’s not everyone.

    • Tom, good point. I know after my first float I tried to find out why I got so nauseous and could find little information about others having the same experience. So, it is just a very small portion of floaters that will ever have this issue.

  • Rose

    It was nice to hear that I am not the only one who experienced this. 30minutes in and I had to sit up. Tried floating again & only lasted 5 minutes before I got out. I do get motion sickness, too. Was bummed as my friend that went in same time slept for 45 minutes!

  • Mz

    First float today and unfortunately had nausea and had to sit up and puke my lunch out at near the half hour point. Got back in but could not totally relax during the whole session due to some nausea coming back at some points. Hopefully the next one will be better, shall try to eat less few hours before floating.

  • Sarah

    Tonight was my first float and I was very excited as I have quite a bit of muscle pain and I’d heard great things. During the brief orientation the lady mentioned that some people do get motion sick. I tend to be prone to this so I was nervous but as I grew up swimming competitively I was confident this wouldn’t happen. Well it did. I fought through the whole hour concentrating on my breathing and got to the end but as soon as I stepped out of the pod I had to grab the waste paper basket and vomit. Took me at least an hour feel up to driving. My initial thought was this is not for me…. but I will see how I feel the next couple days. If I feel as good as they report I may give it another try and hope the nausea and vomiting goes away. But wow, that was rough.

  • LW

    Felt nauseous at around 20 minutes. I sat up a bit and then tried floating for a bit more time but I just got more and more dizzy. So I got off the tank at about 30 minutes and the nauseousness stayed for a long time.
    To me, what was also unbearable was the smell of the chemical they used to filter the water in the tank. It’s just like the smell of swimming pool, the float tank was warm and moist and contains high salt level… I thought my noise was going to bleed. So I had to open the door of the tank and let fresh air coming in.

  • Dani

    I haven’t been in a float tank ,but I just Google Drive this bc the last 2 times I was in my swimming pool floating on my back with 2 noodles holding me uo, ears underwater I started getting good really sick about 15 min in. The first time I thought I was going to throw up, I got sick While floating. Got put took a shower then aid down and napped it off. It was a horrible feeling. Just now I was floating..doing just fine and decided to get out to sun tan on the deck. As soon as my feet hit the floor and I stood up in the pool I got really nauseated and dizzy . I thought I was going to pass out again. So I got out. Now I’m trying not to puke on my deck. I do get motion sickness
    I figure it has to do with the antigravity. You know they say I space when you go from weightless to gravity you get sick.

  • Sabrina

    I floated my first time today so excited as I’m a big athlete and couldn’t wait to have those Epsom salts work their wonder and just relax zero gravity. But 30 mins I started to feel really nauseous and just had to get out. I think it’s motion sickness as I do get sea sick when out at sea. So beware – if you don’t do well on boats , you may not take well to floatation tanks!!!!

  • Josey

    I got nauseous half way through my first float, the owner suggested that it happens, and typically from being dehydrated. Dehydration happens during your float because of the highly saturated Epsom in the water. I was able to control my nausea fairly quickly by sitting up and cracking the door to the tank and letting in some cool air. After a few minutes of that I resumed my float with no problem. I found the air temp in the tub a little difficult for the rest of the float and mentioned that to the owner and he said he can adjust that for my next float and see if that will be a better experience for me. I will keep floating! The experience and benefits far out weigh some nausea.

  • Anne

    Wow, I tried floating for the first time after a 1 hour massage. It was intense. I was really excited to try it but after about 20 minutes I felt off. I didn’t know what it was. Another few minutes go by and I started feeling nauseous. So i opened the pod and sat up. Even the blue light in the pod was annoying me so I turned it off. I also removed my ear plugs as I felt they were contributing to my annoyance. Even the smell of the water was irritating. I guess I felt hyper sensitive about my surrounding. I got out before my time was up. I was really disoriented. Almost shaking. It was an effort to take a shower and get dressed. By the time I made it home, I was beat. Nausea went away eventually but I’m bagged! I read online it’s a result of stress leaving my body. I hope that is what it is. I may try this again. At least I will know what to expect. Hopefully, it will go away so I can enjoy the therapy.

  • Mike

    Just tried this for the first time. Got out after 49 minutes. Driving home, felt sick to my stomach and now I’m home feeling like I may vomit my dinner. The whole experience was horrible for me.

  • Tonya

    I just had my first float on Saturday evening and I felt fine during the session. However, I gradually started feeling nauseous afterward and am still experiencing nausea today (Monday). I also feel very fatigued and sore – Like I had a really overzealous massage.

  • Rachael

    Felt sick to my stomach within 10 minutes of each of my 2 floats. Not for me. Will stick with massages for relaxation

  • Leona

    I was so excited to float but ended leaving less than an hour after becoming nauseated twice. I do not get car or sea sick so this came as a surprise. Almost vomited the second time so thought I should quit while I was ahead.
    I am disappointed as I did enjoy the floating! Nausea lasted the rest of the day. 😢

  • Stacy

    Add me to the list. I just tried my first float today. I’m really disappointed that I got extremely nauseated after about 10 minutes. I felt dizzy at first, so I think its related to the inner ear. I’ve experienced it before when swimming, but I was hoping it wouldn’t happen if I just floated for a while. Glad to find out its not just me.

  • Misty

    So happy to find these comments. I did my first 60 minute float yesterday and during the last 2 minutes I became so nauseous I had to open the pod and get out. I can only compare it to getting sea sick, which has happened to me on one other occasion when I was on a boat for like 8 hours (but I was drinking). I was told that it is uncommon and perhaps it was related to what I ate that day. Don’t believe that was it b/c it was not out of the ordinary and I ate over 90 minutes before my float. I will try it again to see if my experience is different, but I’m not sure the results were any better than a good 60-90 minute massage.

  • Dmt

    As for motion sickness, me too! But in this experience, I found when I first got in or moved around, the water moves around for a few & bump me into or touching the walls. When i quit fighting that & focused on remaining calm, holding still, counting my breaths, I somehow ended up away from the walls just floating like I was suspended without touch pressure on the areas gravity usually connect me to.
    That calmed the nausea quite a bit but I was warned that’s a sign I’m carrying my stresses in my stomach, holding it all in. I’m new to this and don’t know a whole lot, but I do know a lot about holding stress in my stomach and getting sick over it and that explanation fit for me.
    Though nauseas, the relief everywhere else was worth it! I’m very sad to hear so many walking away from such a beautiful thing, writing it off to motion sickness in case your like me and need to work on dumping stomach stress.

  • Lauren Martin

    I am still in the building of the float studio I tried today. I was feeling mild waves of panic at arround 40 minutes. I was breathing them away and then 5 to 10 minutes in I thought I was going to vomit. I opened the pod and sat there as it passed. I felt a bit better so I lay back down with the door open and instantly felt sick again. I got out and showered. The nausea subsided as I showered but didn’t go away. I feel very shaky, heart racing and dissoriented. I am drinking water and eating a ginger candy hoping it will pass enough for me to drive home safely. I keep feeling waves of sick. I am sad that this is not for me.

  • Natalie Mullett

    I have to wonder if individuals who experience the spinning and nausea did on wear ear plugs or water got in to the ear. If you participate in a vertigo study at a doctor’s office for vertigo, the way they induce vertigo is to have a small amount of water poured in to the ear. Immediately things start spinning – really spinning and it can take hours to stop the spinning, and if the water remains in the ear canal – even longer. I have a balance disorder and while I become more aware that my balance is not even, as long as no water gets in to my ears it is ok.

  • Julie Runyon

    Was so excited about my float tonight….made it 15 minutes before I started getting itchy, my heart started racing and I got super nauseous. I don’t have motion sickness and I was not feeling claustrophobic at all. There is something to the salty water that people aren’t willing to talk about I guess. I had a similar experience breathing in too much salt water in Florida. It’s got something to do with hydration I think. I’m still nauseous hours later, but keep drinking water and am feeling much better.

  • Daniel Lizana

    I didnt experience nausea, i attribute that to the float enviroment. I floated in a float cabin……not a pod. If the pod is using an ozonator, most if not all do, it can generate a gas in confined spaces. I highly recommend to try an open room float or cabin and stay away from pods and enclosed tanks.

  • Carolyn

    Just did my 1st float today and experienced severe nauseau. I was soooo looking forward to the float, it was a birthday gift.
    I do have severe motion sick ess (even when i drive). Between the nauseau and smell of the room…i had to get out.

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