Guide to Motion Sickness

Motion sickness is something that we hear a lot about these days, and many people want to know exactly what it is. In its simplest form motion sickness is fatigue and nausea, along with disorientation, that is commonly brought on by motion of the head. Usually it starts with a pale look to someone, then escalates to a cold sweat on the upper lip and yawning combined with restlessness.

Eventually it can evolve into what we commonly think of with motion sickness, which is an upset stomach and nausea. There are many sub categories that can be used to narrow down the type of motion sickness someone could be feeling, but the main one is going to be visual motion sickness. Basically it is what people see that cause them to feel this way.

The Causes of Motion Sickness

There are several parts of your body that combine to let your brain know where you are at all times. This can be vision, hearing, and other senses that relay generally the same message to your brain. Most of the time these senses will be in agreement, but on the off chance that they are not, that is when you can come up with this sickness.

One good example that comes to mind is people that are in the back seat of a car compared to the driver. People in the back seat are often more distracted by other things that are not related to travel or driving. Therefore they might often feel sick if they are doing something or looking out of the car when it is going through severe roads. The driver has their complete attention on driving and the road, so usually they are the least likely to get sick.

There are several things that can cause someone to have a greater chance of getting motion sickness, although it is rare. Ear infections and people with migraines usually have an easier time becoming more susceptible to motion sickness, along with people who have had a recent change in vision. This could mean people that got new glasses or contacts, or anything like that.

Treatments for Motion Sickness

There are a few different treatments that you can use to take care of your motion sickness once it occurs. There is medication, behavioral stuff, and exercises that you can do. Some of these may work better for you than others, but regardless, you should be able to see improvement once you have started one of them. Just about everyone does.

The behavioral modifications are not really hard to implement. Things like if you are in a car, you should sit as close as you can to the front, and then look directly ahead, not at the sides of the car. If you were on a boat, you would want to be in the middle of the boat, looking towards the horizon. There are also foods you can eat that are a bit boring, but will help when substituted for foods that might induce the sickness. Crackers, bread, and rice are good choices.

Medications are always a good bet if you are that worried about a trip you have coming up. The medications that you would take can be found just about any where that sells medications, and should be taken at least a half an hour before you are going on your trip, or the part that you get sick on. You may want to check with a doctor first to ensure that you don’t have any conditions like glaucoma that could end up conflicting with the medication.

Exercises are not used as commonly as medications or behavioral modifications, but they can sometimes be effective with prevention. Basically the idea is to get used to the motion conflicts so that when you do face them your body is used to it. This is a tactic that is used by the U.S. military in fact to deal with people that are prone to motion sickness.

 

Who Experiences Motion Sickness?

The only people that don’t have to deal with motion sickness are those that have no vestibular system, which is not that common. Everyone else will experience it to some degree in certain situations that may arise. Different people are going to have different reactions, some people might need intense stimulation to feel any sickness while others might only need a little. It varies from person to person really.

An important thing to remember is that it is completely normal to have motion sickness. In fact, almost 100% of humans would vomit from motion sickness if they were put in a raft and put in rough seas. There is also a stat of 60% that comes from air crew members that get sick during the training that they have to go through. Sheep, birds, horses, cows, and even monkeys get motion sickness as well.

Just about 1 in every 14 people are going to vomit during their journeys on the sea. Women only seem to be more susceptible to motion sickness than men because they are more prone to migraines during a certain age. It is also said that women who are near the times of their menstrual cycle will also be more susceptible as well. The rest of the time we just think that guys are too stubborn to admit that they got sick.

Children that are under two years old are said to be immune to this sickness. They will happily vomit and don’t really have a worry in the world. It is supposed to build up by the time they turn 15. Some times you may also run into sicknesses that are worse than motion sickness and they can eliminate or reduce the risk of motion sickness. The loss of the inner ear function is one of those issues. Not much research has been conducted on this topic though.

 

 
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