You get motion sickness when there are conflicts among your senses. Say you’re on a ride at the fair, and it’s spinning you around and upside down. Your eyes see one thing, your muscles feel another, and your inner ears sense something else.
Your brain can’t take in all those mixed signals. That’s why you end up feeling dizzy and sick.
Top tips to deal with it
Relax and Focus: Always be seated in a relaxed position and don’t tilt head on either side. If you are travelling by car, always sit in the front seat. While flying ask for a seat over the wing rather in the extreme front or back seats. Try and stare at some fixed object and do not try to read, listen to music or play video games. Catching a nap would be greatly beneficial in avoiding motion sickness.
Good Sleep: Prior To Travel A good sleep before travelling not only keeps you fresh and excited about travelling, it can even ease your motion sickness especially if you are not a good sleeper while travelling.
Eat Less: Do not ever travel on full stomach. Avoid eating spicy, oily foods before travelling. Do not consume alcohol, caffeine. If possible, take breaks during the journey.
Ginger: As A Pre-treat Some studies believe or support the idea of taking ginger will help to avoid motion sickness. Take ginger in quantities of one or two grams at least an hour before you leave for best results.
Natural Remedies: Chewing on raw or dry ginger, mint leaves work wonders in relieving travel sickness. Keep mint leaves, peppermint or tangy candies handy and chew on them for instant relief and to calm the stomach.
Breathing Exercises: Deep breathing exercises are the best way to beat motion sickness. Practice deep breathing exercises while feeling dizziness or nausea to experience instant relief. If possible, take breaks during the travel and enjoy some fresh air.
Over The Counter Medication: There are several over-the-counter medications that can provide instant relief. These medicines help easing out allergies and nausea. Take a pill to avoid motion sickness an hour before starting your travel. If you are travelling for longer hours, repeat the dose every 6 hours after talking to your doctor.
Fresh Air: Try to sit by the window to help you breath fresh air, also, avoid the smell or odors of strong nature like food or fuel like petrol or diesel which can trigger nausea.
Drink Water: Dehydration is a definite cause for motion sickness, so keep yourself well hydrated by drinking lots of water.
Control the Situation: Many of us feel the motion sickness if we are not in the driver’s seat, the driver is less prone to motion sickness probably because the driver’s brain is utilising its motor commands to control the car and can predict the motion. If you are not in the driver’s seat, then try and sit in the front seat and looking at the horizon will help you with the confidence of control. Even a conversation can take you off the situation of motion sickness.