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What causes motion sickness?

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You get motion sickness when there are conflicts among your senses. For example, if you're on a ride at the fair, and it's spinning you around and upside down, your eyes see one thing, your muscles feel another, and your inner ears sense something else.

Your brain can't take in all those mixed signals. That's why you end up feeling dizzy and sick.

From: Why Do I Get Motion Sickness? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Center for Biotechnology Information: , “What the ancient Greeks and Romans knew (and did not know) about seasickness.”  Neurology

NASA.gov: “Mixed Up in Space.”

Vestibular Disorders Association: “The Human Balance System.”

National Health Service (NHS.uk): “Motion Sickness.”

Neuroscience Online : “Vestibular System: Structure and Function.”

University of Maryland Medical Center: “Motion Sickness.”

CDC: “Travelers’ Health: Motion Sickness.”

Virtual Pediatric Hospital: “Motion Sickness.”

Mayo Clinic: “Motion Sickness: First Aid.”

Better Health Channel of Victoria State Government: “Motion Sickness.”

American Journal of Physiology, Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology: “Effects of ginger on motion sickness and gastric slow-wave dysrhythmias induced by circular vection.”

Cleveland Clinic: “What You Need to Know About Seasickness or Motion Sickness.”

Integrative Medicine: “Self-Care: Acupressure Point P6: Pericardium 6 or Nei Guan.”

MedlinePlus.gov: “Scopolamine Transdermal Patch,” “Dimenhydrinate.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery: “Dizziness and Motion Sickness.”

 

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on August 27, 2016

SOURCES:

National Center for Biotechnology Information: , “What the ancient Greeks and Romans knew (and did not know) about seasickness.”  Neurology

NASA.gov: “Mixed Up in Space.”

Vestibular Disorders Association: “The Human Balance System.”

National Health Service (NHS.uk): “Motion Sickness.”

Neuroscience Online : “Vestibular System: Structure and Function.”

University of Maryland Medical Center: “Motion Sickness.”

CDC: “Travelers’ Health: Motion Sickness.”

Virtual Pediatric Hospital: “Motion Sickness.”

Mayo Clinic: “Motion Sickness: First Aid.”

Better Health Channel of Victoria State Government: “Motion Sickness.”

American Journal of Physiology, Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology: “Effects of ginger on motion sickness and gastric slow-wave dysrhythmias induced by circular vection.”

Cleveland Clinic: “What You Need to Know About Seasickness or Motion Sickness.”

Integrative Medicine: “Self-Care: Acupressure Point P6: Pericardium 6 or Nei Guan.”

MedlinePlus.gov: “Scopolamine Transdermal Patch,” “Dimenhydrinate.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery: “Dizziness and Motion Sickness.”

 

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on August 27, 2016

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