What is motion sickness?
Motion sickness, sometimes referred to as sea sickness or car sickness, is a very common disturbance of the inner ear that is caused by repeated motion. Anyone can developmotion sickness, but people vary in their sensitivity to motion.Motion sickness most commonly affects children from 2 to 12 years old, pregnant women, and people who are prone to migraines. In addition to sea travel, motion sickness can develop from the movement of a car or from turbulence in an airplane.
What are symptoms of motion sickness?
Symptoms of motion sickness are:
You can do a few things to try to help with motion sickness:
Lay off caffeine, alcohol, and big meals before the trip. Drink lots of water instead.
Lie down if you can, or shut your eyes, and keep your head still. Look at the horizon — don’t read or stare at the seat in front of you.
Find a better spot. Many people find relief by taking the wheel. If you’re not driving, sit in the front seat rather than in back. If you’re in a plane, sit over the wing rather than in the front or extreme back. If you’re on a bus or train, try to get a seat that faces the way you’re going.
Add some distractions — music, for example. Or eat something. Something with ginger in it may be especially helpful.
There’s some evidence that bands that put pressure on your wrist — some send small electrical stimulation to a specific area — can help, but other studies have shown that they don’t.
With these few steps, let’s try getting rid of motion sickness.
Enjoy your year.