Motion sickness is not known as travel sickness for nothing. The feeling of dizziness, nausea, and fatigue, is a common occurrence in traveling because of the need to be constantly in motion when going from one place to another. Motion sickness is definitely a spoiler in travel as it tends to reduce the degree of enjoyment in visiting a new place.
All About Motion Sickness
In medical parlance, motion sickness is a fairly common disturbance of the inner ear initiated by repeated motion such as the movement of the sea, car, or plane. The stimulation of the ears’ semicircular canals during travel can affect a person’s sense of balance and equilibrium. It can be a condition that is extremely debilitating for some at least during the occurrence of motion sickness.
There are several signs and symptoms that can provide a clue as to whether a person is experiencing motion sickness or not. Some of these are nausea, vomiting, dizziness, malaise, sweating, headache, short breath, and drowsiness. It is believed that motion sickness is caused by the mixed messages the body receives from the ears, eyes, and the body surface, as they are signaled to the brain.
Preventing Motion Sickness
Some people are more prone to others when it comes to motion sickness. This may result in a self-dictated limitation in traveling and other activities that would require movement of the same nature. The trigger factor is not always the same for all sufferers of motion sickness, so it would be best for individuals to determine what the triggering factor is for them. The best method of prevention is of course avoiding trigger factors, but that will not always be possible especially in traveling.
People who are prone to motion sickness can first try to prevent it from occurring through non-pharmacological interventions. This can be achieved by opting for a position in the vehicle that will least encourage episodes such as occupying the front seat. Some would rather sleep off the trip although this is not highly advisable when using public transportation and without any companion. Looking at the horizon or listening to music can help keep the mind off from feeling sick. It is also best to maintain hydration by drinking water and opting for small meals. Alcoholic and caffeinated drinks are best avoided during a trip.
Taking an over-the-counter anti-nausea drug before the trip is usually sufficient for many. However, there may be issues of drowsiness involved. A visit to the doctor may be in order if symptoms persist in spite of taking this medication.