Riding in a car, flying in a plane, or spending time on boat can often be a necessity and sometimes a fun experience. But for the 1 in every 3 people at high risk for motion sickness, they can be something to dread. The good news is, there are things you can do to help prevent or manage its symptoms. Read on to learn more about motion sickness and what you can do about it.
What is motion sickness?
Motion sickness is a sick feeling that can be triggered by real or perceived movement. It can be caused by the movement associated with cars, boats, trains, planes, and amusement park rides. Even skiing and virtual reality can trigger motion sickness. It happens when your brain receives mixed messages about motion from the inner ears, eyes, extremities, muscles, and joints compared with your body’s position in space. For example, if you read a book while riding in a car, your eyes focus on something that is not moving, but your inner ear and joints sense motion. The brain receives conflicting messages and you may then feel the effects of motion sickness.
What are the symptoms of motion sickness?