What is seasickness?
Seasickness is the body’s response to certain types of movement. It is thought that there is a mismatch between what the brain is told by your balance system in your inner ear, and what your eyes are seeing. For example, on a boat your eyes may be telling your brain you are still, but your balance system senses that there is a rocking motion and sends that information to the brain as well. The result is a raft of symptoms that are generally not serious, although frequent vomiting can lead to dehydration and low blood pressure.
Sources & Citations
- Victoria State Government. Better Health Channel. Motion sickness. Available at: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/motion-sickness?viewAsPdf=true (accessed 17 June 2020).
MAT-AU-2000132 - Date of preparation June 2020Show All