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Manage Motion Sickness during Travel

By Tahir AliPublished 2 months ago 3 min read

Motion sickness happens when the movement you see is different from what your inner ear senses. This can cause dizziness, nausea, and vomiting. You can get motion sick in a car, or on a train, airplane, boat, or amusement park ride. Motion sickness can make traveling unpleasant, but there are strategies to prevent and treat it. This condition is generally called motion sickness. When riding on a boat or ship, it is commonly referred to as seasickness - but it is the same turbulence.

Symptoms of motion sickness appear when the central nervous system receives conflicting messages from the sensory organs: the inner ear, eyes, skin pressure receptors, sensory receptors of muscles and joints. For example, if a person sits on a boat or in a car (does not look out the window), his inner ears feel movement up and down, left and right, but their eyes see a static sight, as if they do not move at all. It is assumed that the conflict between the inputs is responsible for motion sickness.


Motion sickness include range of symptoms including Vomiting, Nausea, Drooling, Sweating, Shortness of breath, Dizziness, Sleepy, General discomfort, Headache, Mild anxiety, not so good (unwell)

Tips to improve the condition.

The painful symptoms of motion sickness usually stop when the movement that causes it stops. But this is not always true. There are people who experience symptoms even for a few days after the trip ends. Most people who have had motion sickness in the past ask their doctor how to prevent it next time. The following treatments may help:

Looking at the horizon

One common suggestion is to simply look out the moving car window and stare towards the horizon in the direction of travel. This helps redirect the inner sense of balance by providing visual reaffirmation of movement.

Keep eyes closed

At night, or in a ship without windows, it is worthwhile to simply close your eyes, or take a nap if possible. This resolves the input conflict between the eyes and the inner ear.


Chewing gum is a simple way to reduce motion sickness. A simple way to relieve common and mild car sickness is chewing. Chewing gum has an uncanny effectiveness in reducing car sickness in sufferers.

Fresh air

Fresh and cool air can also relieve motion sickness a bit, although this is likely related to avoiding unpleasant odors, which can aggravate nausea.


Ginger has been found to reduce motion sickness. This is available in tablet form, or a new stem of ginger can be chewed to relieve symptoms. There is some debate about whether chewing or ginger helps. Ginger products for motion sickness are available for purchase from anywhere or even from online stores.

Important tips for preventing motion sickness:

• Always sit in a position so that the eyes can see the same movement as the body and inner ear.

• In the car, sit in the front seat and look at the distant scene.

• On a boat, get on deck and watch the horizon move.

• In the plane, sit by the window and look outside. Also, in the plane, choose a seat above the wings where movement is reduced.

• Do not read while traveling if you are experiencing motion sickness, and do not sit in a rear-facing seat or position.

• Don't watch or talk to another traveler who is motion sickness situation.

• Avoid strong odors and spicy or fatty foods immediately before and while traveling.

Many of the studies have highlighted that there is not significant impact of the soft-drinks and effectiveness of popular folk remedies such as "soda crackers and 7 up", "cola syrup over ice" or ginger products.

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About the Creator

Tahir Ali

I am passionate to spend time with litrature. I am struggling to see, hear and percieve things that aren't really unfolded. I love to work in fields of Social, Psychological, Family, Spiritual, Cultural and Public Health issues.

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