Symptoms of motion sickness can occur as soon as the vehicle begins moving and can persist for several minutes after the motion stops. If we look a bit deeper and try to explain the nature of motion sickness and the reason why it attacks us, we can say that it occurs when there is a condition in the body that contradicts itself in terms of the input of our senses. If, for example, you are riding in the back seat of the car, the parts of the inner ear responsible for balance feel movement. However, this is not necessarily what is picked up by the sense of sight, when there is a seat or a tablet screen in front of you, for example. This lack of coordination between the two senses causes motion sickness due to the strange effect experienced by the balance system.
Recently, the opposite has developed among some people, where they experience the so-called "digital travel sickness." In such a case, when staring at a smartphone, tablet, television screen, or cinema screen, without being in a moving vehicle, the eyes experience a shift while the inner ear has no evidence of this. The condition can also cause nausea, vertigo or even vomiting.
1. Look towards the horizon when driving or sailing. If you are a passenger, look out the window or go in the front and look at the horizon from there.
2. Moving air helps a lot. Cold air is best, and you can use the AC in a car or bus, or a window if you don't have that option. On a ship, going outside in the open air will also help calm nausea.
3. If you can't get air on you, pack a small battery-powered fan with you for just such an event.
4. While on a ship, if being in the air doesn't help, sit on the floor or go as low as possible. Research has shown that you will feel less movement that way.
5. Avoid your smartphone and any other reading while you are moving. This includes reading signs, car plates, and anything else that makes you read or stick to unmoving images for too long.
6. Before boarding a ship, airplane, or car, have a light meal that doesn't leave you dizzy with hunger but isn't too fatty or acidic.
7. If you're experiencing 'digital motion sickness' by staring at a screen in front of you for too long, try to focus on an object that seems stationary about 10-12 feet (3-4 meters) away from you (such as a car driving next or ahead of you or just any point on a plane or ship).