What Is Motion Sickness?
Many people feel sick when they travel in a car, bus, aircraft, boat or even in a ride in an amusement park. This is called motion sickness. Motion sickness sea sickness, air sickness and car sickness are all the same. This is usually short term and goes away on its own when the movement or motion stops.
What Are The Symptoms Of Motion Sickness?
Some of the serious symptoms are:
- Nausea, vomiting, sweating, pallor, short breath
- Drowsiness, drooling, dizziness
Other common signs are:
- Sweating, not feeling well (a general feeling of discomfort)
What Are The Causes Of Motion Sickness?
The brain senses the motion through different pathways of the nervous system like the inner ear, the tissues of the body surface and the eyes. The inputs from all of the pathways are well coordinated by the brain when the body is moved intentionally, e.g. while walking.
However, when conflicting messages are received from the sensory systems, the symptoms of motion sickness start appearing. When you are sitting in a vehicle, your eyes see only in one straight direction. However, the inner ear and other parts of sensory system experience sudden jerks, ups, and downs. This gives confusing signals to the brain and motion sickness is experienced by people.
What Are The Things One Should Do To Manage Motion Sickness?
- Look outside the vehicle rather than focusing on books, laptop or mobile. This helps in reducing sensory inputs.
- Try sleeping during the travel as it helps in reducing motion sickness.
- Keep the windows of the car open as this allows air ventilation.
- Try to engage in a conversation and distract your mind.
- Sit on the middle seat of car or bus as it has minimum movement.
- Drink lots of water
What Are The Things One Should Avoid To Manage Motion Sickness?
- Avoid heavy meals before starting a trip. Any heavy meal, fried food can lead to motions sickness.
- Avoid strong odors in the car.
- Avoid carrying foods with strong-odor as it can increase nausea.
- Do not sit in the front or back seat of the car and more movement is felt on these seats.
- Do not overeat.
- Do not travel empty stomach.
What Are The Best Foods For Motion Sickness?
- Eat light but protein filled foods like chicken-sandwich, hard boiled eggs, salad.
- Take ginger, lemon, oranges as they are known to reduce nausea and vomiting. Keep lemon and ginger slices with you and you can take them during the trip also.
- Some people feel better after taking carbonated drinks.
- Eat dry crackers, preferably made from whole wheat flour as they reduce the amount of saliva produced, thus decreasing the feeling of stomach upset and nausea.
- Olives also help in reducing the saliva in the mouth.
- Eat vitamin B6 rich foods like fish, turkey, beef, beans, and nuts.
What Are The Worst Foods For Motion Sickness?
- Avoid greasy, spicy or heavy foods.
- Avoid high salts foods like packaged peanuts, French fries, caffeine to avoid dehydration.
- Avoid flavored crackers.
What Are The Medicines For Motion Sickness?
What Are The Tips To Manage Motion Sickness?
- Try aromatherapy. Ginger oil and lavender oil may alleviate nausea.
- You can carry a piece of camphor in your hand and keep smelling it during the travel. You can also mix camphor in hot coconut oil and apply it on your head, forehead, and nose to avoid nausea.
- Take preventive medicines 30 minutes before you start your trip.