Why do we get motion sickness?


The culprit of our motion sickness is the vestibular apparatus. The most common assumption is that it is not the coordinated sensory signals that enter the brain. When we go in the car, our eyes see fixed objects inside it, and our inner ear and vestibular apparatus report to the brain the opposite: we are moving in space with a certain speed. The brain is not able to process two conflicting signals, and against resolutely rises, provoking motion sickness. And most of all, if we do not look out the window at passing trees, but read a motionless book or check SMS. That's why we can be rocked on an airplane, on a ship and even in a movie theater: our eyes tell us that everything is moving on the screen, and the vestibular apparatus is protesting - because we are sitting on the spot!

Is it forever?


Unfortunately, yes. Most of all, children suffer from motion sickness - 58%. The most "susceptible" age - from 3 to 15 years, then it becomes easier. However, with age, people in principle, it becomes easier to carry trips in the car - probably because of the ever-decreasing activity of the inner ear. Also, the vestibular apparatus can be trained: the more often you drive in a car, the easier it is for you. Even sailors get used to the most terrible pitching and do not experience sea sickness in storms - they even happen to have an "inverted" sea sickness when they are not sunk in the sea, but on land, because the land for them in this case is an unusual stability.


What to do?

1.Huge contribution to the study of the problem of motion sickness brings NASA - for it is not just an "annoying ailment", but a serious problem. If the cosmonaut is swaying (or even worse - throwing up) in a spacesuit on its way to orbit, this will be a huge risk for the life of the pilot, and for the future of the space mission as a whole. Therefore, in the training centers of astronauts believe that exercises aimed at training the vestibular apparatus can really help. There is even a course of the former pilot and surgeon NASA, aimed at "training" the vestibular apparatus - his principle, however, is straightforward: "let him vomit now, but a lot more than later, but a little bit." Also, exercises from yoga to balance can help: try standing on one foot with your eyes closed, trying to do inclines or deflections in this position.

2. When traveling in a car, you should carefully choose your place. The driver is in the best position - he knows that he is going, and all the senses tell him about it. Slightly worse for a man in the front passenger seat - he sees a windshield and road in front of him, but he can not drive a car. Very bad for those who sit behind: they have a front seat in front of them that does not move.

3.When traveling in transport or on a ship you need to look at line the horizon: it does not move, just like you.

4. You can try deceiving the vestibular apparatus and fingering it as if you are walking on the ground, even if you just sit in the car.

5. To shutting or closing your eyes is another effective way to deceive the vestibular apparatus.

6.Open the windows or stop for a minute to get some fresh air. Nausea will be less.

7. Before the trip, do not overeat,do not eat spicy, fatty food and do not drink alcohol. From fatty food will be rocked even more. A light snack and a lot of water - these are your friends, if you are going to a long journey.

8. Try to eat or drink something with ginger: doctors disagree about whether this method is scientific and does it help, but just in case it is not forbidden to drink ginger lemonade or chew ginger biscuits during the trip. In some countries, ginger pills are sold at all for such a case - but their use, of course, also needs to be coordinated with the attending physician.


9. You can use acupuncture bracelets or press yourself on nasolobye points - this is another unproven scientific method, nevertheless doctors agree that he is at least harmless. If it helps to someone, then that's good.

10. If you are on an airplane, train or ship, choose the most "stable" places where you least shake or wobble: for example, in the middle of the cabin of the aircraft at the wings, in the central wagons of the train or in the center of the ship.

11. Do not move your head unnecessarily, do not read, do not check SMS, do not look at the cinema - in a word, sit quietly.

12. Avoid strong smells: do not use perfume, open the window and ventilate if the car smells of petrol.

13.In the end, you can take special pills or use plasters from motion sickness, but, of course, before using them, you also need to talk with your doctor and choose the appropriate individual tolerability.