Causes of Motion Sickness

What are the causes of motion sickness? The best way to tell you is to share my story of when it happened to me. 

There I am having a great time on my first cruise ship. It was absolutely wonderful...the sun, the wind, the water. But wanting to take a short break from the outdoors, I just had to go to the theater to watch a movie. 

What happened next shocked me. I began to feel queasy, my stomach started to churn and I know I had to find a place...fast...

I ran out of the theater and straight into the men’s restroom. But I am a female so why did I go into the men's room. Plain and simple, it was closest otherwise there would have been a super mess in the hallway. Being that I am a female, the non-English speaking maid in the hallway thought I was nuts. Looked at me and even said something in a foreign language ..probably something like, No you are going into the wrong place. But I didn't care.

There it happened, I had motion sickness.

I couldn’t figure out why it happened only while I was in the movie theater until I found out the whole story.

Motion sickness occurs when motion causes the eyes, sensory nerves and the vestibular apparatus of the ear to send conflicting messages to the brain. 

Ok, what is vestibular apparatus? It’s like a carpenter’s level in our head. It works with our brain to sense, maintain, and regain balance and a sense of where the body and its parts are positioned in space.

Although anxiety, genetics, overeating (take digestive enzymes). poor ventilation and traveling immediately after eating are common contributing factors, my situation was different. 

Causes of Motion Sickness - Too Much for My Brain

The extra visual input into my brain caused an increase in the conflicting messages leading to the motion sickness.

Next time I traveled on a cruise ship, I made sure to have my Ginger along with me. 

It worked wonders and I had no worries about the motion sickness.I once watched a "Myth Buster" episode and they compared Ginger to dramamine and they found that Ginger was more effective than this or any other medication on the market when it came to motion sickness. 


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