Motion Sickness: How To Get Rid Of It?

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2. Pick your seat wisely

Being mindful of where you sit on a trip can make a significant difference in whether or not you experience any motion sickness. There are certain areas of all vehicles where you will experience less motion than others. If you are going to be on a cruise ship or similar type of boat, stay in one of the lower level cabins toward the center of the ship. On a plane, try sitting in a seat located in the center next to the wings. Air turbulence will not feel as violent if you are sitting in this area. In a car, opt for sitting in the front passenger seat rather than in the back.

Another thing to keep in mind: sitting in rear-facing seat on a train or bus seems to increase the likelihood of motion sickness. Avoid these seats if possible.

Also — motion sickness does not seem to occur in the person controlling the vehicle, only in passengers. If you are the driver of a car, for instance, your brain perceives that you are playing a conscious role in the movement that is taking place. It does not perceive the movement as something that is just “happening” while you are at rest.

There are, of course, some vehicles and activities where the movement is so violent (amusement park rides, bungie jumping, etc.) that you may want to just avoid them altogether.

 

3. Keep your eyes focused on a fixed point

Look at the horizon or a fixed object in the environment. This helps your brain get its bearings and offsets the sensory overload.

 

4. Fresh air helps

Open a window or vent if you can. Getting cool, fresh air can help reduce the feelings of nausea.

 

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Finally, there are over the counter drugs for motion sickness. Ask your doctor if these options are a good idea for your case. Different medications are designed for varying intensities of motion sickness, so talk to your doctor so he or she can determine which medicine is right for you.

References:

www.wwwnc.cdc.gov

www.mayoclinic.org

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