Staying Well on the Road: Preventing Motion Sickness

Motion sickness affects people in a variety of different ways. For some, it comes in the form of a mild headache, while for others, it can be intense nausea, complete with vomiting. Whatever form your motion sickness takes, there are some easy and effective strategies to prevent or lessen the effects of motion sickness in the car.

The first key to preventing motion sickness is to stay hydrated. Dehydration impacts how our brains and bodies process input from the world around us. Without proper hydration, our bodies are less prepared for adjusting to changes in elevation and other feedback from the road.

Next, it is important to keep your focus on the horizon. There is a reason that motion sickness is usually exhibited by passengers and not the driver. The subtle motion of the vehicle as it goes over the road can be very unsettling when your focus is directed inside the vehicle instead of outside. Reading books, watching portable devices, or playing games can all accelerate motion sickness. Watching cars as they pass, studying the landscape, or reading road signs can all help with motion sickness.

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