You’ve probably heard of motion sickness, but what exactly is it and how does it feel? We’ll explain how symptoms like nausea, dizziness, and vomiting are related to motion sickness and why some people get them more than others.
Let’s start with a definition: motion sickness happens when your brain doesn’t sense the movement around you in a way that matches its expectations. Lots of motion like traveling in a car, airplane, boat, or even an amusement park ride can make some folks feel sick to their stomachs. An estimated one one in three people get motion sickness at some point in their lives. Women and children are more prone to motion sickness, but it can affect anyone!
There are a few different symptoms to look out for but in general, motion sickness symptoms include:
Sweating, increased saliva and nausea/vomiting
Pale skin color or blanching (that is, your skin will lose its normal color and become paler than usual)
Rapid breathing or gulping for air (this is caused by hyperventilation)
Other common symptoms include irritability, inability to concentrate — basically anything that makes you feel off-kilter. You could be fine one moment and then suddenly experience one or all of the above symptoms.
When Does it Happen
The best way to prevent motion sickness is to know how it happens and how you can avoid it. Motion sickness occurs most often when traveling by car, boat or airplane as these vehicles are more prone to movements than others. But even with boats and cars, some passengers may be more susceptible than others who do not experience any discomfort at all during travel time. There are many factors that contribute to how much someone experiences motion sickness during travel including age and gender; although many people feel sick when they first get into a car after being at home for an extended period of time without any movement (such as being in bed).
Motion sickness has been found among drivers as well: driving for extended periods of time can cause motion sickness. Be sure to take frequent breaks; pull over at gas stations and rest stops, make food stops, take bathroom breaks, and most importantly stretch your legs! Taking deep breaths through your mouth can also help ease motions sickness before getting back in the car.
How Can I Prevent Motion Sickness?
Eat light meals
Avoid greasy foods and high-fat foods, as they can cause nausea
Drink plenty of water before and during your trip to prevent dehydration
Avoid alcohol and caffeine, as they can make motion sickness worse
Smoking is another bad idea: It constricts blood vessels in your body, which slows down circulation and makes you more likely to get sick from being in a moving vehicle (or airplane)
If you do get sick while traveling, try taking a motion sickness medication like Jet-Avert before or during the trip as this may help reduce or even prevent symptoms from setting in at all!
Should I See a Doctor?
Motion sickness is usually not serious and doesn’t need to be treated. But if you have severe symptoms, you should see a doctor. For example, if your motion sickness symptoms last more than a few days or interfere with your daily life or normal activities, it’s important to talk with your doctor.
You should also speak with your doctor if you have trouble swallowing or breathing while experiencing motion sickness as this could be due to an underlying medical condition.
Motion sickness is a condition that affects many people in different ways. Some people experience symptoms like nausea, dizziness and headaches while others have no symptoms at all. It’s important to know how you react to motion so you can take action if needed! Try preventing it before it happens with Jet-Avert! This easy to take pill can provide all day protection without making you drowsy, so you can get back to playing road trip games with the family!