Most times when I am traveling, I usually get this uncomfortable feeling. As if I want to vomit, headache or breath some fresh air. It would be as if my head is turning and all I want to do is run away from the car but unfortunately I have to manage till we reach our destination. This scenario worsens for me if the air condition is switched on. I know I'm not the only one who experiences this, some find it difficult to even travel due to this condition and it is known as motion sickness. Today, I will be talking on motion sickness and all you need to know about this sickness, read on and learn.
What is motion sickness?
Motion sickness is a sensation of wooziness that usually occurs when is traveling by cars, boat, plane or train. It is a very common disturbances of the inner ear and its caused by repeated motion from a vehicle or any other movement that disturbs the inner ear. Your body's sensory organs send mixed messages to your brain causing dizziness, lightheadedness or nausea. Some people learn early enough in their lives that they are prone to the condition and try to find their way out.
What causes motion sickness?
You get motion sickness when there are conflicts among your senses. Say you’re on a ride at the fair, and it’s spinning you around and upside down. Your eyes see one thing, your muscles feel another, and your inner ears sense something else. Normally, you maintain balance with the help of signals sent by many parts of the body for instance your eyes, inner ears. When the body is moved intentionally, for example when walking, the signal from all parts of the body are coordinated. Motion sickness happens when the brain receives conflicting messages from the sensory system; the inner ear, eyes, the muscles and joint sensory receptors. The inner ear in particular has a distinct role to play in maintaining balance as it sends signal to the brain about the position of the body.
Who does it normally happen to?
Any form of travel, in land, in the air or in the water can bring on discomfort associated with motion sickness. Motion sickness can happen to anyone but its more common with children between the age of 2-12 years and pregnant women. It is not contagious, that is, someone who is having it cannot transfer it to another person.
What are the signs and symptoms of motion sickness?
Motion sickness can strike quickly and make you break out in a cold sweat and feel like you need to throw up. It usually causes stomach upset, dizziness, headache or paleness. Other common symptoms include:
- increase in saliva production
- feeling of shallow breathing
- loss of appetite
- loss of or trouble maintaining balance
- feeling of unwell (malaise)
How do I prevent motion sickness
Motion sickness revolves on its on quickly and may not require and professional expertise. Do the following to prevent motion sickness:
Plan ahead; try to sit near the window.Sit towards the front, avoid facing backwards and avoid reading.
Its important to get plenty of rest the night before travelling day and avoid drinking alcohol.
Relax and find something to focus on, whether it’s taking deep breaths or counting backwards from 100. Closing your eyes can help, too. This resolves the input conflict between the eyes and the inner ear.
Try to get a fresh hair, if you are in a car, look through the windshield. Looking out of window in a moving vehicle and to gaze toward the horizon in the direction of travel helps to reorient the inner sense of balance by providing a visual reaffirmation of motion.
Chewing gum has also been suggested to effectively relieve the symptoms of motion sickness.
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