Motion sickness – how to deal with it?


Not everyone suffers from this condition, but those who are struggling with it, are forced to endure an unpleasant sensation throughout their journey. Motion sickness can really effectively deter people from taking any trips. Also called kinetosis, it most often affects children. However, studies show that one in ten adults never ‘grow out of’ it. The disease manifests itself  with a terrible, lowered mood and dizziness, long-term nausea and vomiting. This ailment cannot always be prevented and avoided. However, we can always take some steps to reduce its symptoms.

What is the cause of this sickness?

For centuries, our body  to moving around on foot – walking and strolling is the most natural way to move from place to place. When traveling by car, plane or boat, our senses organs start sending inconsistent signals. The labyrinth, that is responsible for that, needs to inform the brain about our position and movement. As a result of continuous acceleration and deceleration, the nerve endings are stimulated all the time. At the same time, the brain records the signals from the eye and the nerve endings, that are located in different parts of the musculoskeletal system. The problem arises when the labyrinth records other signals, resulting in the formation of false information against which our body begins to defend. The result of all this is the motion sickness.

The first symptoms of the kinetosis, most people experience even few moments after the beginning of the journey are yawning and swallowing saliva more often than usually. We might have the impression that our throat is narrowing. We also sweat faster, and eventually nausea and gagging appear. The convulsions can be very tiring and as a result may discourage from traveling via modern means of transport.

Treatment of motion sickness

In addition to taking various types of pharmacological substances that are designed to prevent the onset of this disease, those prone to motion sickness should follow few rules:

  • always sit facing the direction of travel;
  • try to air the interior of the vehicle, to avoid stuffiness and intense flavors, eg. hot brewed coffee;
  • do short rests in the fresh air;
  • avoid a heavy meal before traveling, introduce a light diet and avoid fizzy drinks;
  • while driving, pick a fixed point in the landscape, because concentrating your sight on fast-moving objects will only deepen the unpleasant symptoms;
  • open the window when possible and breathe deeply;
  • try to relax before traveling;
  • take tablets or lollipops containing extract of ginger rhizome mints.

Motion sickness is an unpleasant experience, especially for children. However, taking those pieces of advice seriously, we can make the journey pass without much difficulty. Meanwhile, we wish all the young and older travellers a safe and pleasant journey.