Ever embarked on a journey or maybe a casual ride in a car or bus, only to find yourself fighting an invisible enemy within? That sensation you experience that gets you feeling dizzy, tired, and nauseated is called motion sickness.

If you have ever felt that, you should know how much it can ruin an highy anticipated road trip, or how it can make you relcutant to go anywhere.

This sickening feeling happens when your eyes, inner ear, and body send conflicting messages to your brain and it is commonly experienced during a road trip, airplane travel, boat ride, or even a virtual reality experience. You may wonder how something as seemingly innocuous as motion triggers such a visceral response in the body.

The culprit lies within your inner ears, the vestibular system responsible for maintaining our sense of balance. When your eyes perceive motion but your inner ears detect little to no movement (or vice versa), it sends conflicting signals to the brain, resulting in the nauseating symptoms of motion sickness. It is a fascinating phenomenon as frustrating as it can be. A reminder of the intricate dance between our senses and perception.

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Even though motion sickness can be like being trapped in a turbulent sea, with no sight of the shore in view, there are ways you can quell the choppy waters and enjoy your cruise.

Sitting in the front seat of a car, near the wings of an airplane, can minimize motion sensations. Staring at a fixed point in the distance during motion can help synchronize signals from your eyes and inner ear. Ginger has potent anti-nausea properties, you can have them in tea, capsules, or ginger candies.

Lastly, you can consider getting antihistamines over the counter which can help relieve your symptoms.

Motion sickness isn’t just for the weak-stomached as it is popularly believed. While some individuals seem immune to its grip, others are more susceptible due to factors like age, genetics, and previous experiences.

Children, pregnant women, and those prone to migraines are often more susceptible to motion sickness.

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So when next you pack up for a trip or set sail on the high seas, do not allow your body’s sensory mismatch to be a damper to your trip. With your awareness, steady preparation, and the right mindset, you can navigate the twists and turns of motion sickness as you embark on your journey.

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