Reason for car sickness: Your brain thinks it’s being poisoned

Reason for car sickness: Your brain thinks it’s being poisoned

Having a sick feeling in the car can be a killjoy during a lovely journey however don’t be too upset as this could be a pointer that the functionality of your brain is still intact.

According to a recent research, car sickness is likely the product of your brain’s response to what it sees as an instant bout of poisoning.

Scientists’ suggestion is that your brain receives different messages concerning your environment in a car in a scenario that could be likened to poisoning rather than the notion that your coffee was contaminated by the guy in the passenger seat. It is common knowledge that the simplest way to remove any poisons or neurotoxins from your system is through vomiting.

Reason for car sickness: Your brain thinks it's being poisoned

So what’s happening, and why is the confusion in our brains?

Car or similar motion sickness is due to the fact that humans just started travelling in things like buses, boats and cars, and our brains are yet to fully adapt according to experts.

Our bodies are motionless from what the majority of our senses tell us even though we’re travelling in a bus, a moving car or boat. In addition to this, your body is technically motionless while in the back seat of a car.

Likewise, your brain is aware that forward movement is at a certain speed as a result of your inner ear’s balance sensors, which are little tubes of fluid.

Your brain gets some irregular messages as the fluid in these tubes is splashing clumsily around to indicate movement however you’re still motionless. This situation paves the way for thalamus, whose job is to digest the info and decipher what is going on thus leading to the conclusion that the the blame stems from poisons causing you to stop and vomit by the side of the road.

Explaining how it works to Melissa Dahl at Science of Us, neuroscientist Dean Burnett from Cardiff said: “As soon as the brain gets confused by anything like that, it says, oh, I don’t know what to do, so just be sick, just in case.” Speaking further, Burnett stated that: “And as a result, we get motion sickness because the brain’s constantly worried about being poisoned.”

One way to prevent brain confusion is by constantly staring out of the window to reassure the brain that you are not motionless and everything is fine. In contrast to that reading a book or a map will only worsen it due to the fact that it convinces the brain that you are motionless and not moving through space.

Another way to bypass this brain confusion is if you are the driver as a result of the visual confirmation the brain receives that you are in motion in addition to the fact that you control the movement. As the commander of movement, there is most likely no basis for you to suffer poisoning from brain confusion.

On the other hand, scientists still have a lot of work to do to determine convincingly why some of us suffer car sickness and others don’t, or why some outgrow car sickness. It’s probably down to the result of chance and something you have no control over.

People with more body movement, that is those that naturally move often even when their bodies are motionless, are more susceptible to sea sickness according to a 2013 study. It further concluded that it is likely ‘body sway’ people just move differently in general.

Research is still ongoing for the solution to the ailment that is responsible for ruining numerous family holidays. For now, listening to your favourite music as well as eating a light meal rich in protein before the trip to help calm your stomach. Finding yourself in a desperate mood where you beckon loudly on the driver to stop so you can vomit/puke is not pleasant however it is of immense benefit to you that you now know the science attached to your car sickness.

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