How not to get motion sickness in a car, plane or ship: doctor’s advice

One in three people on the planet suffers from motion sickness. Cold sweats, dizziness, headaches, irritability, nausea and vomiting, pale skin, rapid breathing – all these symptoms are familiar to many. But why does it happen and how do you deal with the nausea that comes up? Pharmacist Chris Newbery has shared some tips to help you survive the trip without excesses.

Causes of motion sickness

“Motion sickness is a consequence of our brain receiving mixed signals from different senses – eyes and ears, for example. It can’t process the conflicting information – and we feel nauseous and dizzy,” the doctor explained.

The risks of not being able to handle transportation well are increased if everyone in your family gets motion sickness. Other factors include taking birth control pills, menstruation, pregnancy, inner ear disease, frequent migraines and Parkinson’s disease.

Where is the best place to sit

Traveling in a car or bus? Try to sit in the front seat and direct your gaze forward – it’s better than driving against traffic and looking out the side window. Turns will also feel less abrupt.

On an airplane, it’s best to choose a window seat. And if you’re on a yacht, boat or motor ship, it’s better to sit in the middle and, if possible, on the upper deck. A good view will buy you nausea.

What not to do

Do not read or look at your phone as you go. It is also better not to look at other moving objects around, so as not to once again escalate your already overloaded brain.

In addition, it is better not to drink alcoholic beverages, even if you think that it will “relax” you. Before a trip you should not get involved in heavy, fatty and spicy food. If you want to soak the worm in the trip, it’s better to practice quick and frequent snacks with apples, nuts and crackers. You should also keep water on hand.

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