What is travel sickness
Travel sickness is a disorder that involves feeling nauseated when travelling. This can often be accompanied by a cold sweat, dizziness and pale skin, and sometimes results in actually being sick but often doesn’t.
The common ways in which people experience travel sickness is when travelling by car, train or plane, but it can also occur on amusement park rides. Feeling unwell when travelling by boat is often referred to as “sea sickness” but it still falls under the same umbrella of motion sickness.
What causes travel sickness?
Travel sickness occurs because of a conflict among your senses. As you move, your eyes see one thing, your inner ears sense another thing and your muscles a different thing. Because of all the mixed signals, your brain struggles to process the conflict and you end up feeling sick, and often dizzy.
Your inner ears are responsible for balance and they are part of a system that sends information to your brain to let you know what’s going on around you. This includes telling the brain whether you’re standing up or lying down, and where you are in relation to the world (and its gravity).
When this information reaches your brain, it is usually processed with no issues. However, when in motion, the various signals the brain receives can contradict each other. On a flying plane, your ears and muscles can feel that you’re moving but your eyes will be...
Travel Sickness treatment options
There are currently no treatments available for this category