Always having to sit up front and throw up on mountain hairpin bends;
comfortable traveling with motion sickness - or motion sickness - is a challenge.
What does it feel like to have motion sickness?
How does it come about?
And how do you get rid of it?
Motion sickness is part of the larger phenomenon of 'motion sickness', an illness that has to do with your vestibular system.
This occurs not only while driving, but also when sailing or flying.
Many people get nauseous and feel dizzy, but it can also give you a major headache, turn pale, get tired eyes, tremble or sweat a lot.
In short: very annoying.
Floor (28) and Anne Marije (28) have suffered from motion sickness since childhood.
Anne Marije still suffers from it, Floor has grown out of it.
"I used to throw up on every ride that lasted longer than an hour," says Floor.
“If I take something out of my bag on the bus and it lasts longer than ten seconds, then I even get a bit queasy.”
"Fortunately it got less and less bad from the moment I started high school. Today I can drive myself and it never bothers me. But I still often get an unpleasant feeling in my stomach when I look at my phone, try to read on the road, or when someone is driving very restlessly. Then I really have to sit in the front."
Anne Marije still often feels nauseous when she travels: "When the train in front of me reverses, when I have to reverse into parking, cannot sit in the front of the bus or car or when I have to drive through a long, sharp bend, an exit from the highway, for example."
It does not matter to Anne Marije whether she is on the road for an hour or ten minutes.
"If I take something out of my bag on the bus and it lasts longer than ten seconds, then I even get a bit upset."
How does motion sickness arise?
ENT specialist Raymond van de Berg, from Maastricht UMC, explains where motion sickness comes from.
"The main theory is that someone with motion sickness can feel so bad because the brain cannot properly process the various stimuli from the senses."
"Your vestibular organs and muscles send out a signal that you are moving, but when the eyes do not detect movement and cannot see which way the movement is going, confusion arises in the brain," says Van de Berg.
"But we don't really call it motion sickness until someone gets sick with the same movements over and over, has to really adapt to it and it becomes a limitation in their life."
“Always make sure – whether you're in the car, sailing or flying – that your eyes see where you're going.”
Raymond van de Berg, ENT doctor
How is it possible that Anne Marije still suffers so much from it, and Floor much less?
Van de Berg: "Not everyone grows out of it - some people are simply built more sensitive than others - but your brain can also get used to it over time. Just look at a ballet dancer: he can do endless pirouettes without getting dizzy. , but he also had to train that. Your brain learns to respond better and better to movements that it recognizes. What can also be of influence is that your brain and balance organs become less sensitive as you get older."
Tips for motion sickness
Van de Berg advises: "Make sure you travel well and rested. Do not eat too much before departure. Always make sure - whether you are in the car, sailing or flying - that your eyes see where you are going. Keep an eye on the horizon. If necessary, drive yourself so that you know in advance what is going to happen. Do not sit in the back of a vehicle, and on the plane find a place next to the window, by the wings. There you have the least suffering from turbulence. Of course, distraction always helps to tolerate it better, but reading makes your eyes move in a different direction, and that doesn't help."
Travel tablets can also work well, according to the ENT doctor.
"Because that makes you drowsy and quickly falls asleep, but of course you can't drive with it yourself. If you don't want to take travel tablets every few hours, use special plasters. They work for a few days. The most important thing is always that you see where you are going, so as not to confuse your brain."
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