Airplane Motion Sickness

Airplane Motion Sickness

We all love flying and traveling. Unfortunately, travel can have issues associated with it.

The most common issue that people face while flying is plane motion sickness.

In this article, we’ll examine what it is, what causes it, and a few simple tips on how you can overcome it, or at least reduce its effects.

If motion sickness is an extreme problem for you, then chartering a private jet can be a great solution. It will provide you with a more relaxed environment and staff will be able to need your needs and requirements with ease.

What is Motion Sickness?

Motion Sickness is the feeling a feeling of unwellness during traveling. Its root cause is due to a difference in expected motion and actual motion. This is caused by your inner ear sending different signals to your brain than your eyes are expecting.

In simple terms, your brain is unable to accurately compute what’s happening. If you’ve ever experienced motion sickness you’ll know that it’s fine on a smooth flat road, but you’ll probably end up being sick if you’re driving down a canyon-like a rally driver. Therefore the bumpier the journey the more motion sickness you’ll experience.

Most people are able to adjust to it quickly, however, some people are more prone to motion sickness and it can last with them for the entire journey.

What Are The Symptoms?

As the name suggests, the main symptom of motion sickness is the feeling of sickness. Other symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, cold sweat, headache, sleepiness, yawning, loss of appetite, and increased salivation. Except in extreme cases, motion sickness only comes with the symptoms and no complications.

Tips for Avoiding Motion Sickness

If you are one of the unlucky people to experience airplane motion sickness, here are some great ways to deal with it.

Watch What You Eat

Flying on an empty stomach is a bad idea. So is eating heavy foods that take a long time to digest and can cause nausea by themselves. Additionally, it’s good to avoid any chemicals that affect your heart rate; coffee, alcohol, nicotine, or drugs. The best thing is to eat a light meal before flying.

Choose the Right Seat

Choosing the right seat is one of the best ways to control motion sickness. Firstly, choose a seat that’s close to the window which will allow you to focus on the horizon. Additionally, choose a seat in the middle of an aircraft (over the wings of the airplane) where there is the least amount of turbulence.

Avoid Staring at Objects

Looking at a screen or a book for too long can directly lead to feeling sicker. The reason for this is that it increases the difference between expected and true motion – the lead cause for motion sickness. Therefore, whenever possible don’t focus on objects too long when flying.

Focus on Your Breathing

Focusing on your breathing can help significantly. Try some breathing exercises, meditation, or yoga if you have the chance. Additionally chewing gum can help focus your breathing without having to concentrate on it.

Try Some Ginger Ale

Ginger is a natural remedy for motion and airsickness. Therefore eating some ginger, ginger laced lollipops, or even ginger ale can help prevent motion sickness. Sprite has also released a ginger-flavored beverage that may help. The more ginger, the better.

Use Medicine

If all else fails there are various commonly available over-the-counter motion sickness pills that can help you tackle the symptoms. However, always look at the recommended usage and side-effects as you would with any drug that you may take. Consult your medical professional if you have any doubts or worries.


According to some studies performing acupressure can help with the treatment of motion sickness. Try using your thumb to push into your wrist about two inches down from the crease of your wrist. Hold it down for a few minutes with varying pressures to find out what works best for you.

Avoid digital screens and reading materials

Reading, whether from a book, magazine or digital device, can cause motion sickness or make it worse. If you enjoy reading, try an audio book using headphones instead. Avoiding tense thrillers, mystery novels and anything about flying may also be a good idea to help you stay relaxed.


How long can motion sickness last after flying?

For most people flight sickness passes relatively quickly, however, all symptoms go away after 4 hours.

What is the best medicine for motion sickness?

Consult your doctor about the best medicine, however, Dramamine tends to work for most people.

Is there a permanent cure for motion sickness?

Unfortunately, there is no permanent cure for motion sickness at this time, and it’s unlikely they will find anything for it in the future.


There you have it, all the issues and solutions to being motion sick while flying. Try the methods we’ve recommended to see what works best for you. While some people will favor breathing techniques others will prefer a motion sickness pill. It’s up to you to test and experiment. If you’re extremely prone to air motion sickness we’d recommend taking some small flights to help you determine the best option for you.

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