Motion Sickness Types - Overview

Motion sickness is incredibly common. Most people will suffer from some form of it at one point or another, and it can be really debilitating. Children can be particularly susceptible to motion sickness.

Motion sickness can affect people (and animals) on almost any form of transport, and for an unlucky few it is their constant traveling companion. For most of us, however, there is a particular type of motion to which we are especially susceptible.

Some people find it difficult to travel as a passenger in a car (particularly in the rear seats), others suffer on buses, coaches and in the air, and many feel queasy on boat and ships - even in relatively calm conditions!

But motion sickness doesn't only affect travelers. 3D films and games, IMAX presentations and flight simulators can all trigger motion sickness symptoms. Sea sickness can also be a problem for scuba divers and snorkelers, and skiers have been known to suffer from motion sickness symptoms when skiing in whiteout conditions.

Around 50% of astronauts experience space sickness, although that is beyond the scope of this site!

Motion sickness is miserable, but you don't have to just endure it. There is plenty that you can do to minimize, or even completely prevent, the symptoms.


What to read next

See the list below for specific tips regarding the type of motion sickness that most affects you. Then go to Prevention & Treatment for advice on behaviors, remedies and medications that will enable you to travel without the misery of motion sickness.


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