Many of us do & it’s not a very pleasant experience – here’s how to prevent motion sickness
Car sickness, or motion sickness as it’s also known, is quite common and can affect all ages. The symptoms vary depending on how badly it makes you feel but normally includes feeling sick, faint and dizzy.
The actual feeling is brought on by repetitive motion and can occur even on the shortest of journeys.
Euro Car Parts have carried out new research into motion sickness – why do people suffer from it and what actually triggers it in the first place.
The most common symptom of car sickness is nausea, with around two-thirds (66%) of the UK population suffering from it at some point in their lives. Vomiting came second on 31%, followed by feeling unwell on 30%.
The main trigger for motion sickness starts with the ear and can happen with any mode of transport. The motion-detecting cells inside the inner ear are excessively stimulated and send the brain messages, however this doesn’t match the degree of movement that your eyes are detecting.
Motion sickness can affect both adults and children alike, however children under 10 years of age are more susceptible as their nerve pathways are still not fully developed.
There are a few triggers that can bring on the feeling of car sickness and some of the ones which are most likely to cause a feeling of dizziness, nausea or a headache are reading (39%), facing backward (38%) and sitting in the back seat (31%).
Others include travelling whilst tired (17%), after drinking alcohol (16%), looking at a screen (15%), dehydration (15%), travelling when hungry (14.7%), standing whilst travelling on public transport (11%) and after eating (6%).
To avoid motion sickness on a journey, the best advice is to never travel on an empty stomach but you should watch what you eat – try and avoid greasy, spicy or fatty foods and drink plenty of fluids, but not alcohol as this can lead to dehydration.
If travelling in the back seat, open a window to allow fresh air in and if children are with you, make sure they use their car seats so they can see out of the windows. Focus on looking straight ahead rather than around the vehicle.
There’s also travel sickness medication available that can be taken a few hours before your journey begins, or for those who prefer a more natural option, you could try wearing an acupressure band.
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