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How to Deal with Motion Sickness

People who have motion sickness tend to break into cold sweats, a case of dizziness usually accompanied by headaches. Nausea is also expected and might even result in vomiting if the sickness reaches certain intensity. 33% percent of people are essentially susceptible to this type of sickness and can vary from minor instances to more severe cases.  Fatigue and increased signs of salivation are also indicators of motion sickness.

Possible Causes

A strong hypothesis suggests that motion sickness is caused by a cognitive misunderstanding with your senses and your brain. Essentially, vomiting is involuntarily induced if you’re poisoned in order to cough out the toxins in your system. You see, when traveling you is left with no clear indication of a horizon, hereby creating a contrived illusion with your senses; this can cause your brain to mistake that you are in an altered state brought about by hallucinations, and since hallucinations are a symptom of possible poisoning, your brain then goes into high gear to prevent this; thus, you vomit during a heavy episode of motion sickness. This is essentially why motion sickness medication is used to normalize heightened levels in your brain during a motion sickness episode.

Essentially, motion sickness is caused by imperfect balancing of your body’s natural equilibrium. If your body realizes that it cannot find which way is up or where to land, it creates a sensation that tricks your brain that you’re seeing a hallucination. Specifically your inner ears are responsible for this equilibrium phenomenon, thus they monitor which way you are going. Your eyes on the other hand, are reserved for relying spatial direction, indicating where you’re upside-down or on the correct side of the ground.

Motion sickness cases are usually separated into three categories:

  • Sickness that is caused by movement that is not seen but felt.
  • Sickness that is caused by movement that is not felt but seen.
  • Sickness that is caused by sight and feeling but do not correspond with each other.

Treatment for Motion Sickness

Despite its hypothetical theories on why motion sickness happens, there are preventive cures on how to manage this type of sickness.

  • Constant exposure to riding vehicles. You might be surprised how adaptive the human body can be, even for people with motion sickness. Constantly exposing yourself to such activities can help your body adapt to the changes, slowly teaching your brain not to trigger symptoms of motion sickness.
  • Taking medication. Although there are medications such as Dramamine and Stugeron, they can sometimes have ill-effects that could leave you worse off than you are. So in more plausible terms, taking medication can best used as secondary forms of treatment if the above process does not work over time.
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