Motion Sickness Causes, Symptoms, Treatment

I hate motion sickness. Seriously I really don’t like it and I used to get it all the time but thankfully now I know what to do. So I’m going to spread that knowledge with you.

Remember scenario where you’re in a car plane or train and let’s say you’re doing your work on your phone or on your laptop and it suddenly hits you, the motion sickness. Well here’s why it happens.

Cause of Motion Sickness

So when you’re focused on something in a moving vehicle, like let’s say your phone the signals from your eyes to your brain are telling it that your position is stationary you’re not moving. whereas you’re balancing mechanisms are telling it the opposite thing they’re telling it you’re moving and these conflicting messages are what causes the symptoms of motion sickness.

Motion sickness affects a lot of people. A couple of months ago we were in Malta we were filming something. Now while we were filming on boat Dave who’s probably one of the strongest people I know, got really really bad motion sickness and we kind of had to abort filming and get back onto land.

So the moral of this story was that everyone can get motion sickness to some degree no matter who you are and only 5 to 15 percent of people are unaffected by it.

How to get rid of Motion Sickness?

If you know you get motion sickness I’d probably say the number one most important thing you can do to prevent it from coming on is, don’t focus on things like your phone, your laptop, your books, movies while traveling. Basically, don’t distract your brain from where you are, instead close your eyes or sleep for the whole journey or listen to an audiobook while you’re doing these. these all reduce the positional signals from your eyes to your brain and reduces the confusion that we spoke about earlier.

Now if you want to be a bit of a rebel and you don’t want to close your eyes while traveling, I definitely recommend that you don’t look at moving objects like waves and cars. Because it’ll make you feel more ill. Instead, look ahead in the direction you’re traveling in at a fixed point like the horizon.

Now where you sit can also be really helpful so you can minimize the motion by sitting in the front seat of a car, over the wings of the plane and in the middle of a boat. Strong smells can sometimes trigger me so try and breathe fresh air. So if you’re in a car open a window slightly or turn the AC on and if you’re on a boat avoid the cafeteria area and the engine area.

Another quick tip is to avoid heavy meals before traveling, so keep it light. And there’s also some good research that shows that ginger is quite good for motion sickness. So you can take that as a tablet a biscuit or tea. I’ve never tried it so if anyone has left a comment below and let us know how you get on and stay hydrated but remember small sips.

Medical Solution of This

Now if you’re thinking to yourself I’ve tried all these and I’m still struggling well not to worry because I have got you covered.

Several medicines are available that you can buy over-the-counter which block the signals which confuse your brain and cause motion sickness. So for motion sickness hyoscine is usually the most effective over-the-counter treatment you can get. it comes as a tablet and a patch so it can be quite useful there are antihistamines available like cinnarizine but it’s not usually as effective for motion type sickness.

So these medicines are all best taken before the journey and as always with any medicine always read the information leaflet and speak to your pharmacist before you take it as they do cause drowsiness and they may interact with your medicine. and that’s the end of the blog I hope you find these tips useful and if you have any of your own tips that’ll help with motion sickness then leave a comment below because I’d love to read it. I’d love to try them myself too. Please share this blog with anyone who’ll find it useful or inform them what you’ve learned today.

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