Often known as carsickness, airsickness or boat-sickness, motion sickness is a common problem that occurs when your brain gets conflicting information from your body, your eyes, and your inner ear – which tells your brain how your head is moving. For instance if you are reading on your phone while riding a bus, your eyes are focused on something that is not moving, but your inner ear senses motion.
While anyone can get motion sickness, it is most common in pregnant women, children and among people taking certain medicines and people who get migraines.
Symptoms of Motion sickness include:
- Lots of yawning
- Sweating/ Cold sweats
- Excessive salivation
- Increased sensitivity to odors
- Loss of appetite
- General discomfort
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How to deal with motion sickness
According to WebMd, there are a couple of things you can do to manage or prevent motion sickness. These include:
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and big meals before the trip.
- Drink lots of water.
- 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 like music or eat something. Dry crackers may calm a queasy stomach.
- Suck on a lozenge. (Something with ginger in it may be especially helpful.) Light, fizzy drinks, like ginger ale, also can help.
- 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.
- Use medication. Mostly, antihistamines, both prescription and over the counter, are used to treat motion sickness.