About Motion Sickness

What causes motion sickness and how you can reduce its effects

Motion sickness occurs when the brain can’t match the information it is receiving from:

  • inner ears, which sense in which directions you are moving
  • eyes, which see what direction you are moving
  • skin receptors, which detect which parts of your body are touching the ground
  • muscles and joint sensory receptors, which tell you if you are moving muscles and what position you are in

For example if you are reading in a moving car, your inner ears and skin receptors are telling your brain that you are moving forward, but your eyes are on a stationary book and your muscle receptors reporting that you are sitting still. For some people this is OK, but for other some form of motion sickness will start to build up.

Motion sickness can take the form of dizziness, fatigue, and nausea that will progress to vomiting if the brain decides that the conflicts it is receiving is due to poisoning. Fear of motion sickness can make these feelings a lot worse.

Reducing Motion Sickness

There are a few things you can do to reduce the sensation of motion sickness, even when it has started.

  • Move to the point of least movement. Try and sit in the centre of the plane or in the middle of the boat. On boats it often helps to lie down, although it might feel like the last thing you want to do
  • Sit facing forward
  • Look at the distant scenery
  • Get some fresh air, but keep warm
  • Avoid talking but try not think about your motion sickness
  • Move gently, don’t stand up or move suddenly

Before a Journey

If you often suffer from motion sickness there are a few things to try to make a journey more comfortable.

  • Avoid heavy meals for two hours before the journey. Eat small amounts of something dry such as crackers, crisps or biscuits before the journey, don’t eat any dairy products and avoid salad and fruit as it can be acidic. Eat small snacks on the journey to avoid hunger
  • Drink small amounts preferably water. Don’t drink milk or any natural juices such as orange juice and others with citric acid. Avoid alcohol
  • Try anti motion sickness pills, either from you doctor or homeopath
  • Acupressure bands work well for some people
  • Studies have shown ginger root can be effective against motion sickness. Ginger capsules are available or you can try a dose of about 1/2 teaspoon of dry powdered ginger, which is equivalent to approximately 1/3 ounce of fresh ginger root, which is roughly a 1/4-inch slice
  • Avoid staring out the window for long periods of time as this can create motion sickness
  • Keep still and move gently. If possible stay where there is the least movement
  • Don’t read

For peace of mind take a container just in case motion sickness leads to vomiting. Chuckie Bags have been designed to provide peace of mind by being discrete, leak proof and easily disposed of.