If you’ve been on a long car journey and you’re not feeling well, this will be car sickness. There’s plenty of advice on how to prevent car sickness before a journey starts but if you’ve got car sickness and you’re wondering how you get over it, the best thing you can do is get a good night’s sleep. This always works for me.
As someone who has suffered from travel sickness, car sickness or any kind of motion sickness, I can fully empathise with anyone else who suffers from the same disorder.
There is plenty of advice out there telling us what we can do to prevent car sickness or motion sickness generally. This is all well and good if you can achieve the impossible and prevent car sickness or motion sickness from taking hold.
Very few people have any ideas about what to do to get over car sickness or motion sickness after you’ve got it. When I used to get car sickness it would effectively mess up my whole day and it was no good looking around for some magic tonic that would suddenly switch it off.
How do you get over car sickness?
Once I got car sickness or motion sickness, that would be that. There would be no point taking any of these medicines that are often suggested because it was too late. The only thing that would work for me was to get a good night’s sleep.
This would be like shutting down a crashed computer and then starting it up again. The travel sickness or motion sickness that caused the overload on my brain would not be there when I woke up in the morning. This would always be a huge relief.
When I say that I used to get car sickness and motion sickness I can say this because the problem that I used to have, I very rarely get anymore.
Having tried so many, apparent, cures that were supposed to prevent car sickness or motion sickness and discovered that none of them worked well enough for me, I decided to explore the possibilities of developing a solution to the problem for myself.
I found my own solution to car sickness and motion sickness
After a lot of research I concluded that, for me, the problem was caused mainly by issues to do with vision. I concluded that a passenger riding in a vehicle is constantly being fed with fast-moving information which takes the form of objects moving past very quickly.
For those of us who suffer from travel sickness, this fast-moving formation is a challenge too much. Our brains try to process this information but the brain can’t cope, it becomes overloaded and effectively crashes like a computer. Unlike a computer the brain can’t be just switched off and started up again.
This is why so many of us suffer with car sickness or motion sickness.Those of us who don’t suffer from car sickness or motion sickness either have the ability to process the fast moving information that we encounter as a passenger in a car or their brains don’t attempt to process the information in the same way as we do. This is all down to the variation in nature and there’s nothing we can do about it.
So, what was the solution that I came up with that has made car sickness and motion sickness largely a thing of the past for me? I developed a visor which a passenger wears throughout a journey by road or rail. Find out more about the Travel Visor.
The Travel Visor reduces the amount of visual information that the wearer sees. It has two slots which you see through which blend together to become one slot. This allows you to only see the view in the distance. Objects that are in the distance move slowly toward you when you are travelling in a vehicle.
How do you get over car sickness?
The site of slow moving objects is not a challenge to the brain. Slow-moving information is easy for the brain to process. As objects get nearer to a moving vehicle they speed up very quickly. This is what becomes a challenge to the brains of those of us who suffer from car sickness or motion sickness.
The Travel Visor is designed to filter out the fast moving information so that the passenger can’t see it. If the fast moving information can’t be seen, then it doesn’t have to be processed by the brain. Simple.
Whenever I travel as a passenger either by road or by rail, I wear the Travel Visor. I find it extremely effective. It can be worn over glasses and I’m able to read while on the move without the queasy feeling that I used to get. Find out more about the Travel Visor.
For me, worrying about how to get over car sickness or motion sickness is a thing of the past. Unless there are overriding factors that cause undue stress, my travelling experiences are much better.
On most occasions when I travel as a passenger over a long distance I am able to arrive at my destination generally feeling as though I haven’t travelled at all. Quite often after a long journey wearing the visor I can look at my computer and effectively operate complex software. Before I had the Travel Visor all I really wanted to do after a long journey was to get some sleep.
There is plenty of advice out there offered by others. I sometimes wonder if any of them have ever suffered from car sickness or motion sickness themselves.
There is advice on what you can do to stop getting travel sickness but, of course, none of this is any use when you get it.
For those of you who are looking for solutions to the problem of car sickness and motion sickness, there are plenty of suggested remedies. Some of the suggestions may well work for many but the fact that so many people are trying to find a solution leaves me to think that most of it doesn’t work.
We can run through some of the suggested ways of coping with car sickness here if you’d like to see them. I’m sure you’ve seen most of them before.
None of you need reminding of the symptoms of the car sickness or motion sickness that you’re going through eg. the nausea, the dizziness, the sweating and holding on to the urge to vomit, so we will skip that part of the lecture and look at some of the remedies that are offered up.
Look at the horizon
One of the first suggestions known to help reduce the effect of car sickness or motion sickness is to look at the horizon. I find this quite interesting because it actually links in with the way that the Travel Visor works. When you wear the Travel Visor it forces you to look at the horizon and cuts out fast-moving information at the same time.
Drive it yourself
Another suggestion is to take control of the vehicle and drive it yourself. It’s long been known that people who suffer from car sickness or motion sickness, don’t have a problem when they drive the vehicle. This is the case in my own experience. However not all in the vehicle can be driving at the same time. It’s only the passengers who have the problem of car sickness or motion sickness.
Face the direction in which you are travelling
Visual information coming towards you will be easier than visual information moving away from you. Oncoming moving objects is a much more natural direction but you’re still going to have the problem of the speed of those moving objects. It would be easier if you didn’t see those fast-moving objects at all. This is where the Travel Visor would help. Because of the way in which the Travel Visor filters out the visual information that you don’t need to see, it could be argued that when you wear the Travel Visor it doesn’t matter which way you are looking.
Some people suggest changing positions will help
Some suggest lying down during the journey to reduce the effect of car sickness or motion sickness. It’s difficult to see how anyone can lie down in a car unless you’ve got the entire backseat to yourself. This may be an option and it may well work. If it does I bet it’s got something to do with the fact that visual information is being reduced when in the laying down position.
How do you get over car sickness?
Then there is the suggestion that standing up may reduce motion sickness. This could never work in a car. Another suggestion is that if you lean your head against your head-rest in the car, this may reduce your head movements and reduce the effects of car sickness or motion sickness. This is typical of the sort of suggestion that could only be made by people who have not suffered from car sickness or motion sickness themselves.
Get some fresh air
Having plenty of fresh air can help. Having a window open when riding along in a car will help to prevent car sickness but this can only be done for so long. It may not be convenient to have the window open as much as you would like because it may not suit other passengers or the driver.
Another option here would be to use the fan or air blower facility. You can direct the airflow towards you if you’re sitting in the front seat but this won’t be a lot of use if you’re sitting in the back seat. Whichever way, you are still going to have the problem of fast-moving information visually challenging your brain.
If someone in the car who is smoking, this is something that’s going to have to be sorted out. The smell of tobacco smoke is bad except for those who like to breathe in. For anyone who suffers from car sickness or motion sickness, tobacco smoke is going to make things 10 times worse.
Eat dry crackers
Here’s another suggestion that may work for some. It’s generally known that foods that contain a lot of fat are likely to make your car sickness or motion sickness even worse. This is apparently because this type of food is slow to digest. Eating dry crackers may be a solution. If you haven’t heard it before it may be worth a try.
If you are relying on the effects of what you eat to control your level of car sickness or motion sickness, you need to consider what you eat before the journey starts. If you find yourself part way into a journey and you start feeling ill it’s unlikely that you’re going to feel like eating anything at all.
Drink water or a fizzy carbonates
Taking sips of water throughout a journey may help to stop you from getting too hot. One of the problems that people have when they are suffering from car sickness or motion sickness is that they feel a hot flush.
As for the fizzy carbonate, it may not be a good idea to ingest liquids that are fizzy as this may exacerbate the problem if you happen to start feeling like throwing up later. However there are some drinks which may help because of what they contain for example ginger ale. Ginger in varying forms, has been shown to help some people who suffer from car sickness or motion sickness. My own experience is that the best way to take ginger before a journey, is to prepare a hot ginger tea.
Listen to music
There is apparently evidence to show that listening to music can help with reducing the nausea associated with car sickness and motion sickness. There is also the suggestion that if you start talking to those around you during a journey that this will reduce the effects of car sickness or motion sickness.
I think most people who have a problem with car sickness would find this a bit of a struggle after a while. Talking to people in a car on a journey won’t stop the effect of fast moving objects being seen. The experience that most people have is that travelling of any type is very tiring. It just wears you down. The problem is that those of us who suffer from car sickness are vulnerable. There isn’t much you can do to stop it, it will catch up with you sooner or later. Talking to others, in the car, will place an extra burden on your ability to cope with the general car sickness problem.
Don’t look at handheld screen devices
This is an interesting area regarding the effects of visual information and the impact that it has on those who suffer from car sickness or motion sickness. Most people who have a problem will tell you that they can’t read a book when travelling because it makes them feel ill. The same applies to modern hand-held devices.
The problem with this is that when you look straight ahead at a book or a screen you can take in this information but what you don’t realise is that there is extra visual information coming at you from each side. These are the fast moving objects whizzing past as the car is moving along. This takes us back to what I mentioned earlier about the brain trying to process all of this information and failing to do so.
The Travel Visor will cut out the extra information that would normally approach from each side. When you wear the Travel Visor it is easily possible to look down at a book or handheld device and read from it quite comfortably. When you look up you can see through the visor and only see straight ahead in the distance. The information that comes to your eye from only straight ahead, can be easily processed by the brain without overloading it.
Another interesting point that I’ve seen raised is the idea of listening to music or an audio-book with your eyes closed. This, of course, would work if you keep your eyes closed all the time because by doing this you are cutting out all visual information that would be any challenge to the brain. Just how practical this would be is another question.
Another suggestion is that you take a nap on the journey. This can work but with varying degrees of success. From my own experience in the past, I would start a journey then I would start to feel travel sick and then, at some point, I would nod off to sleep. This rarely ended well. The car sickness would take hold and when I woke up I would feel much worse.
I no longer have this problem when I wear the Travel Visor. I will still nod off to sleep on a journey but without car sickness taking hold. When I wake up I feel refreshed. The quality of sleep that I seem to get when wearing the Travel Visor always appears to be so much better than when I wasn’t wearing it.
The Travel Visor ‘shortens’ the journey
My experience with wearing the Travel Visor is that I will nod off to sleep after a while during the journey, wake up sometime later, discover that a significant part of the journey has taken place and feel refreshed due to the sleep. The consequence of this is that I miss experiencing a large part of the journey, which I really don’t need to see. The best part about the whole thing is that, quite often, I don’t feel as though I have been travelling at all. This is the simple benefit that I get from wearing the Travel Visor.
Remedies for car sickness or motion sickness
Let’s look at some interesting remedies that are suggested by others which can have some success.
These are described as natural remedies that are thought to have immediate effect when tackling car sickness or motion sickness.
It all begins with the advice that you should consult your doctor for guidance when taking, what amounts to supplements.
Pressure point therapy
This is something known as acupressure and, apparently, there is a point on your wrist called the nei-Guan also known as the Percardium 6. If you can find this point and press on it with your finger it will, apparently, bring you almost instant relief.
To have any chance of this working you need to apply pressure on the relevant points on your wrists for about 5 seconds. If this works, then, good luck to you. I can’t say that I’ve ever tried this, I can’t see the logic or see where the science is in this. Besides, I don’t really need to be bothered with it because I wear the Travel Visor and that works for me.
Next up, aromatherapy
What you smell around you you can affect how you feel. Some people find the smell of ginger, lavender or peppermint helpful. There is no doubting that these are pleasant smells to most people and I can see how it’s possible that these smells can help to reduce nausea and the general feelings that come from car sickness or motion sickness.
If you’ve never tried this and want to give it a go, you need to keep the concentrations down to a lower level to start with. If the desired aroma is too strong there is a risk that it may have the opposite effect. If you suffer from car sickness or motion sickness your senses tend to be more sensitive. This is something that could be worth experimenting with.
Chamomile tea for the journey
This is a herbal tea that, apparently, relaxes the stomach muscles and reduces stomach acids. You could take this before the journey starts and carry some in a travel mug because, it appears, that you can drink it hot or cold.
You can get this in lozenge form and appears to to help with settling stomach acidity. It’s not a bad taste and it is thought to be helpful in reducing nausea.
That’s just a few of the natural remedies that some people find to work for them and they’re all worth considering.
There are other remedies which are over the counter or prescription medications. Let’s look at some of these.
You can get this sort of drug over-the-counter. This contains dimehydrinate or or dramamine. It also contains diphenhydramine which also rejoices with the name of Benadryl.
You need to take this sort of thing about an hour before you set off on your journey and then every 6 hours or so through the trip. These drugs are considered to be safe for children to take provided they are more than 2 years of age. Where children are involved it’s wise to consult a doctor before using any of this.
I often hear from people who take this type of medication and they all tell the same old story. Antihistamines have a habit of causing drowsiness. They appear to send the people off to sleep which you might say is a good thing but you have no control over the length of time that you are going to feel sleepy.
There is a medication that has less of a sedating effect called meclizine. When I hear the word ‘sedate’ I have to ask the question: what are we talking about here? Are we suggesting that the only way for some people to cope with car sickness or motion sickness is to sedate them?
I’m just thankful that I don’t need to bother with any of it because, as far as car sickness is concerned, the Travel Visor does everything that I need.
Prescribed antihistamine drugs
There is promethazine. This is an antihistamine drug that’s been formulated to treat motion sickness. It reduces the desire to vomit by interrupting signals from the brain. You need to take it about an hour before you travel. It’s considered to be suitable for children above the age of 2 years.
If there are ways of avoiding taking any of these drugs, it must make sense to find an alternative. I find references being made about supplements being added to the diet and a range of therapies which may help reduce the problems of car sickness and motion sickness.
This is a vitamin available in the form of pyridoxine. It’s known to be effective in the treatment of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. It’s also helpful in controlling conditions like anxiety. Not enough is actually known about how effective it would be in tackling the problem of car sickness or motion sickness. This may be something that’s worth considering when seeking advice.
Also clinically known as 5-HTP with an inclusion of magnesium, this combination is believed to raise levels of serotonin. It’s understood, by scientists, that when serotonin levels drop in the brain, this can lead to motion sickness and also to migraines. It may take a couple of weeks before the effects of this start to work.
This is also known as biofeedback therapy. It’s all about controlling your physical responses to a variety of stimuli including motion. It’s been found to be successful in reducing air sickness among some in the US Air Force. Measurements are taken of the heart and respiration rates whilst a therapist helps with control of your responses. If you’re interested in this type of therapy you need to consult your doctor to find out more.
Car sickness and motion sickness is a bane to all who experience it and little understood by those who don’t. I hope that what I have explained here will be of use to you. I can only repeat and conclude that the best thing that I’ve found to work for me, as a passenger in a car, or any other road or rail transport, is the Travel Visor. I therefore strongly recommend that you take a look at it and give it a go.
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