Last week end, I suffered a travel sickness on my way to the next town. It resulted to the feeling of nausea and I felt like I wanted to vomit. I usually sit in the first row of the bus where I can get a clear view of the road but unfortunately the seats were taken so I was seated at the 5th row of the bus. I tried not to watch TV so that I would not feel quesy. But nevertheless, the motion of the bus still made me feel sick. The following pictures below show the road going to that town.
Travel, or motion, sickness occurs when repetitive small movements mean the brain is sent mixed messages. The eyes say one thing about the position of the body, while the delicate inner ear balance mechanisms are reporting something different.
Prevention and treatment
The following can help to reduce the chance of travel sickness:
- Avoiding heavy meals and alcohol before travelling.
- Keeping still with eyes closed.
- Anti-sickness medicines from the pharmacist. These should be taken before travel according to the instructions so they have time to be absorbed by the body.
- Ginger or peppermint remedies. Ginger can be taken as a biscuit, tea or in crystallised form, while peppermint can be sucked as a sweet or taken as a tea.
- Acupressure. This can be applied using a wristband or by pressing your finger against the middle of the inner wrist about three finger widths above the crease where the wrist joins the hand.