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Motion sickness had been a problem for centuries. In fact, it was even referred to as “camel sickness” in the Bible, where the camel riders experienced nausea due to moderate swaying.

With the advent of technology, motion sickness has evolved into many forms like seasickness, carsickness, space motion sickness, and air sickness.

Rides in today's jet liners are generally very smooth, but there are still many people who suffer from airsickness.
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Generally, airsickness refers to a feeling of nausea. Some of the common signs of airsickness are loss of appetite, vertigo, burping, stomach awareness, nausea, and increased swallowing and salivation.

Air Sickness
Contrary to most popular beliefs, airsickness is not a disorder. It is just a normal response of the body to an unusual stimulus. Simply put: airsickness is due to the disparity between what people see with their eyes and the data that they get from the “vestibular organs” of the ears.

So, it's a matter of the discrepancies between what people see and what they feel. Thus, the end result is a confusion of the brain’s regular processing of sensory awareness.

Here’s what you can try to help avoid airsickness:

1. Stress and other forms of anxiety should be stripped out.

Studies show that two of the common causes of airsickness are stress and anxieties. It increases the probability of experiencing airsickness. This is because the body will have more difficulty in coping with the sudden change of environment. Emotional factors trigger the brain to get more confused.

2. Before traveling, it's best to eat light meals only. Large meals, especially those that have high salt content are possible causes of airsickness.

3. While on board, try to stay put and avoid too much moving within the aircraft. Motion is the number one factor why airsickness occurs.

4. An airsickness pill such as Dramamine might be a good idea as well. Check with the flight attendant for advice.

5. If possible, schedule the arrival at your destination in the bright light of day.

Indeed, airsickness is not a big problem for most travelers. It is just a matter of adjusting the body’s condition so as to avoid conflict of senses.

How to Get Jetlag-free Travel

People who travel a lot experience jetlag. Athletes, who travel to different countries for their tournaments, attribute their poor performance to jetlag. Business people who go to various places for business meetings and other matters, hold jetlag as responsible for their bad days.  Jetlag can affect not only the physical condition of the body but the entire individual.

Jetlag, basically, refers to the condition of the body being  disoriented. More often than not, jetlag is a result of crossing time zones which affect the internal body clock of an individual. Some of the common symptoms of jetlag are inability to sleep at night, loss of drive, malaise, tiredness, inability to concentrate, and headaches.

Generally, the severity of jetlag is dependent on the direction of the travel. Most experts say that the occurrences of jetlag are lesser when people travel westward than eastward. This is because the body rhythm is extended up to 27 hours when a person flies westward.

Moreover, the so-called “circadian rhythm” is greater than 24 hours when a person travels westward. This is because the time of the day is lengthened, thus, giving more time for the body to adjust.

In reality, there are no quick fixes to “cure” the signs of jetlag. However, there are ways to deal with it so you can feel more comfortable after arriving at your new destination.

Here’s how:

1. Staying outside during the day is recommended. This is because a person’s body clock is able to adjust at a faster rate as it becomes accustomed to the new surroundings. Usually, natural light aids in coping with jetlag.

2. Adjust bedtime schedules to prevent the severity of jetlags. In this way, your body clock will be better able to cope with the changes in the time zones.

3. Start eating, sleeping, and doing usual activities patterned to the local time zone of the new destination.

4. For people who travel because of some important event it's best to travel way ahead of time. This allows more time to adjust and get accustomed to the new environment.

So, jetlag is not so much of a problem. It is just a matter of
preparation, adjustment, and coping.



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