Car's sickness..the cause is so simple?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 28, 2012 at 3:29 AM

Hey guys I was just wondering... I'm 19 yo and i've always been a car's sickenesser, I mean you know , nausea , heartbeat , and cold sweat.. it happens 6 times on 10 when I'm inside a car, since i was very little..I was just wondering.. nature concepted man without thinking about car, so without thinking about great/high speed.. so the DNA'S of people who are suffering of this "disturb" is just not adapted to "artificial" speed, can it be right?

Men are created just to walk or run , of course not for drive!



on October 28, 2012
at 03:57 PM

You think driving a car is unnatural? Try flying in a plane. This is the most unnatural thing in the world. Besides parachute jumping.



on October 28, 2012
at 12:48 PM

okay, i just have to say this, it's car sickness not car's sickness. Unless the car itself wants to throw up. :)



on October 28, 2012
at 05:05 AM

After walking everywhere for four years, I found riding in a car again even at 35 mph a bit terrifying. :)



on October 28, 2012
at 04:22 AM

Riding in a car after you've spent a few months walking everywhere definitely feels weird, and volatile in a way.

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

I'm not so sure about the evolutionary theory; after all, we also evolved brains capable of developing forms of conveyance that move faster than running. And motion sickness can happen at very slow speeds too (like in a person-powered boat). However, as a onetime sufferer, I have a tip that might help.

It works for me to fix my gaze on the horizon in front of me--wherever the sky meets the land (or water). The key is to ensure that the sensory input your eyes receive matches those your body (particularly your inner ears) senses. This works best with the view directly in front of you in the direction of travel, so try your best to get the front seat, and keep your eyes fixed straight ahead. Gives you an excellent excuse to always ride shotgun ;-)

The speed seems less important than the disconnect between the motion itself that the body senses, and the information the eyes take in. I've always wondered if people who lose their vision experience motion sickness, and how they adapt.



on October 28, 2012
at 05:10 PM

I've always suffered from mild motion sickness too. The weirdest thing though...when I was pregnant, I never had a case of it. For some reason, being pregnant cured me. So is there a hormonal connection?

The last time I had a horrible case of it was after a night of lots of red wine and I made the mistake of trying to text. As anyone who gets motion sickness knows, trying to read or navigate a map can be disastrous, and I seriously thought I was going to puke all over the place. I barely made it home.

But yes, we did not evolve being able to make sense of our bodies hurtling through space at high speeds. But we have to be careful here. That's not necessarily WHY. Evolution has no "why," only what works at a given time for certain reasons. But because there is no particular survival benefit for speed, motion sickness will probably always exist, continuing to piggyback along, a physical consequence of our evolutionary development. Our transportation will change long before our brains possibly could.

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