Motion sickness is a common problem for some traveling by automobile, train, air, and sea, especially. It usually causes mild to moderate discomfort. However those with severe cases, it can be incapacitating.
Typical symptoms from motion sickness are:
- abdominal discomfort
Your head’s position and movement are sensed in your inner ears. When you experience motion sickness, sensory information about your body’s position in, or movement through, space is contrary to prior experience. That contrary motion causes your sickness.
If you are susceptible to motion sickness you may be able to reduce your symptoms by:
- lying supine
- minimize head movement
- focus on distant objects or keep eyes closed instead of reading or looking at something inside the vehicle
- choosing seats with the smoothest ride, usually the front seat of a car, forward cars of a train, center of a boat, and the seats over the wings in an airplane
Motion sickness symptoms usually go away in about 15 minutes after stopping the producing motion.
In some cases, treatment by repeated exposure to similar types of motion within a short period of time may help you inner ear to adapt to that motion.
Over the counter motion sickness medications are available for preventing its symptoms and these should be taken at least 30-60 minutes before you travel. Bare in mind that some medications can impair alertness, and therefore must be used with caution.
Antihistamines also work because they affect part of the brain that controls nausea and vomiting.