How To Get Rid Of Motion Sickness?

Motion sickness is the “curse” of many travelers. A good portion of the population feels some nausea or discomfort unless they are sitting still and the item they are sitting on is also completely still. In medical terms this condition is called kinetosis. When what we see doesn’t agree with a feeling of movement, especially a different sort of movement, we experience motion sickness.

At the heart of this problem are our sense of movement and our sense of balance. If these are at odds with what we are experiencing in a certain space we are likely to become nauseated or at least very uncomfortable. The unusual combination of information affects the inner ear, the seat of our sense of balance.

Our brains sense motion from the inner ear, from our eyes and from what we feel (touch). Walking on a solid surface normally allows these three methods to work together. But if one of the paths of information doesn’t fit with the others there can be a problem. For example, when we are on a ship or boat we might see a stable horizon and our ears feel relatively balanced at first. But when our feet start moving with the swell of the ocean our ears and eyes are in conflict. That can be the beginning of seasickness. Even someone who is blind can get this feeling because of the lack of connection between what the feet and legs are feeling and what the inner ear senses.

Motion sicknessWhat Can We Do?Medications or natural supplements we take to overcome motion sickness work on the neurotransmitters in the brain. Symptoms we treat include nausea, vomiting, sweating, dizziness and so on. People who anticipate this feeling often take Dramamine or some other commercial product orally. Others might try a skin patch that is medicated to combat the same symptoms (usually placed behind the ear).

As you travel you may be able to limit the effects of motion sickness by sitting or standing in locations where all of your senses are working together. For example, on a ship you may experience nausea if you stand on the open deck, watch the motionless horizon and don’t compensate for the movement of the ship. Inside cabins in middle decks are often the best place for those who experience seasickness.

Other things that contribute to motion sickness are: reading while traveling, even in a car; spicy foods and strong food odors that might upset the stomach in addition to the motion; quick movements of the head and upper body during travel; being around others who are suffering from motion sickness. Eat as little as possible and remember not to read or try to do craft work up close when the vehicle you are in is moving in an erratic manner.

Sitting is usually better than standing during travel on commercial transportation (trains, ships, buses). Facing backward on a train often brings on motion sickness. If you have to look through windows to see the scenery, try to focus on something in the distance rather than objects that a very close by.

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