Motion Sickness

Motion sickness occurs while in travel or movement when an incongruity comes between visually perceived movement and the sense of bodily movement.It is a common problem in people travelling by car, train, airplanes, and especially boats.

Most kinds of motion sickness include being carsick, airsick, seasick, or sick from reality simulation. Symptoms include dizziness, fatigue, vertigo, depressed appetite, nonspecific malaise, gastrointestinal discomfort and nausea.

Anyone can get it, but it is more common in children, pregnant women, and people taking certain medicines. Motion sickness can start suddenly, with a queasy feeling and cold sweats. It can then lead to dizziness, nausea and vomiting.It is not a contagious sickness.

Brain senses the movement by getting signals from your inner ears, eyes, muscles, and joints. When it gets signals that do not match, you get motion sickness. Motion sickness is caused by the random juggled signals sent to the brain by the eyes and the inner ear. If you cannot see the motion your body’s feeling, or conversely, if you cannot feel the motion your eyes see, then it is likely that the brain will get mixed signals and the person will develop symptom of motion sickness.

 Example,

1)if you are reading on your phone while travelling in a bus, your eyes are focused on something that is not moving, but your inner ear senses motion. This causes the motion sickness.

2) When there are conflicts among the senses like while riding on at the fair and it is spinning you around and upside down. Your eyes see one thing, your muscles feel another, and your inner ears sense something else.

Your brain can’t take in all those mixed signals. That’s why you end up feeling dizzy and sick.

Symptoms of motion sickness

  • Motion sickness begins with a feeling of uneasiness to sweating or dizziness usually quickly followed by nausea and vomiting.
  • Motion sickness can strike quickly break out in a cold sweat.
  • Feels like you need to throw up.
  • Increase in saliva production.
  • Loss of appetite and Pale skin.
  • Drooling and short breath.
  • Feeling of discomfort.
  • Not feeling well – malaise.
  • Headache, uneasiness and yawning

How To Ease Motion Sickness?

There are ways to prevent it or treat it and to keep your travels or trip a pleasant one. For most people, symptoms usually don’t last long. They often go away once you get used to the situation But there are some simple things you can do if the motion sickness isn’t going away on its own:

  • Relax. Find something to focus on, whether it’s taking deep breaths
  • Look at a stable object. If you’re on a boat, look at the horizon. If you’re in a car, look through the windshield.
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Eat lightly before travel but don’t fast. Curb your consumption Avoid food that  make you feel unusually full or the ones that have strong odour, heavy, spicy or rich in fat.
  • Open a vent or source of fresh air if possible and avoid reading and don’t smoke.
  • If you can, get a seat over the wing if you’re flying, an upper-deck cabin if you’re sailing, or a front-seat spot if you’re in a car.
  • Try to choose a seat where you will experience the least motion.
  • If you’re getting seasick, lie down to help your sensory systems become congruent
  • Expose yourself to short bursts of activities that cause symptoms, and then work up to longer periods
  • If your children experience motion sickness, let them know that it usually starts going away after age 12, Sharing this medical fact helps the kid psychologically to avoid feeling doomed to motion sickness for the rest of their lives.
  • If you experience severe motion sickness, go ahead and take over the medications. If motion sickness continues to be a problem beyond your control, it is always safe to contact the physician.

Natural Remedies –
Some people do get relief with these home remedies

Raw Ginger : Ginger is used to fight nausea and it is effective. But it may act as a blood thinner. Consult to your doctor first before you use it.

Mint : Eating peppermint  can calm down your body. At the very least, the aroma may soothe you and releases you from the feeling of nausea.

Citrus Fruits : Fruits like Orange, Mosambi, Lemon and their aroma have been proven to prevent the feeling motion sickness.

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