Motion Sickness overview
Motion sickness is a relatively common issue for both children and adults, which results in an upset stomach, dizziness, and potentially other symptoms as well. These symptoms are temporary, but unfortunately for those who get motion sickness while traveling, they only stop once motion has ceased.
Many describe motion sickness as a feeling of unease, followed by sweating and dizziness. If persistent, this can lead to pale skin, headache, fatigue, and even increased saliva production. For most people, these symptoms will eventually transition into full-blown nausea and vomiting if the motion doesn’t stop or medication isn’t taken.
When our bodies are in motion, the central nervous system is using signals from the nerves to help keep us balanced. Motion sickness is the result of conflicting messages within our nervous system between nerves and the brain, which results in impairing effects.
For many, motion sickness can occur if they are reading a book in the car, as the signals between your eyes and inner ears won’t match. Motion sickness may also occur suddenly, leading to cold sweats and vomiting.
The most common risk factor for motion sickness is, naturally, being in motion. This can include anything from cars, boats, trains, planes, and amusement park rides. However, even the sensation of moving, such as with virtual reality, is known to cause motion sickness.
Other than that, risk factors include being between the ages of 2 and 12, being a woman, lack of sleep, drug abuse, poor ventilation, and even pregnancy can all significantly raise your risk of experiencing motion sickness.
Motion sickness is widespread, with research suggesting about 1 in 3 are very susceptible. That said, anyone can have motion sickness if the motion and dissonance are bad enough.
Seeing a doctor is not generally needed for motion sickness unless you’re someone who travels a lot and desperately needs some medication. Even in those cases, most people find that using any number of remedies can mitigate nausea caused by motion sickness. However, it may not be a bad idea to speak with your doctor during your next check-up about what they think you can try.