Understanding and Overcoming Motion Sickness

‘Understanding and Overcoming Motion Sickness’

by Judith Weaver



Motion Sickness comes in many forms, not just in seasickness. Ninety percent of human races is susceptible to motion sickness of the one kind or another.

Some people become sick when they sit in the back of seat of a car; others can’t read or look at map in any kind of moving vehicle.People get motion sickness on airplanes, motorcycles, amusement park rides, and even on camels!

Scientists have learned that motion sickness occurs when the brain is trying to get sense of a situation and there are too many conflicting messages. While the eyes are sending one message, the ears are trying to send a message about balance. The skin and bone joints, sensitive to air pressure, send still another message.

Many people who have experienced violent motion sickness avoid travel. But it is not always possible. So, travellers should employ some well–known strategies avoid getting sick. The most useful strategy concerns food: eat a light meal and bring along a packet of plain soda crackers to snack on regularly. ­­­­Avoid alcoholic and carbonated beverages, high-fat foods and spices.

Care in choosing the location of your seat is another important strategy. In a car, sit in the front seat. On plane, sit near the wings. On a boat, sit at the front and keep your eyes fixed at horizon.

who still get sick after trying these strategies can try medical help. Some rely on over-the-counter medications, although some of them make you sleepy.

Others use simple ginger capsules to settle their stomach. A large number of travellers use pressure bands on their wrists. It is not clear how these bands work, but they to prevent motion sickness.


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