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How to Combat Motion Sickness

How to Combat Motion Sickness

Friday, November 3, 2023

LiveWell, Wellness

Are you planning a fall cruise, road trip or vacation? Don’t let motion sickness bring your plans to a halt. It’s reported that one in three people are prone to motion sickness, so it’s a good idea to be prepared before you hit the road (or the high seas.)  


What causes motion sickness? 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motion sickness happens when the movement you see with your eyes is different than the movement your inner ears sense. This mishap can result in dizziness, nausea, irritability and even vomiting. Yuck. Thankfully, there are ways to ease your symptoms and maybe prevent them altogether.  


Try these tips and tricks: 

  • If you’re in a car or bus, try to sit as close to the front as possible. Facing the direction you’re traveling and focusing on a non-moving object can ease your queasiness.  

  • If you’re on a boat, cruise ship or airplane, stick to the middle of the vessel. This will help reduce the ups and downs of the water or air.  

  • Hydration helps. Avoid alcoholic beverages and caffeine until the chance of motion sickness subsides.   

  • Bring lozenges or mints to ease your tummy.  

  • Listen to music to distract yourself.  


Who suffers the most? 

Children are especially at risk of suffering from motion sickness, and it appears to run in families. There are hundreds of parent posts on social media dedicated to both natural and medicinal remedies. Many parents says that it’s often a case of trial-and-error to find something that works. Check with your family doctor if giving an over-the-counter product to a child under the age of 18 is suggested.  


According to a 2018 study published in the National Library of Medicine, antihistamines with the lowest level of sedation are the treatment of choice for adults experiencing vertigo, nausea and vomiting.  


The U.S. Travel Association predicts domestic leisure travel will increase through 2024. Hopefully, you’ll be taking a trip to see friends, spend time with family or visit a destination you’ve always wanted to explore. Bookmark this article to keep motion sickness at bay when you’re on an adventure. 


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