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Motion sickness

Posted by mic59 on 22/10/2008 at 10:55

Thought it might be an idea to point out that motion sickness can be a problem on the minibusses in the Northern area of Thailand. Mainly because of speed, road quality and the huge number of turns and rises. Try otherwise to not use a minibus or if you do sit in the middle of it to keep your motion to a minimum.

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Posted by khunwilko on 23/10/2008 at 14:26

Motion sickness.

2 main factors in motion sickness are 1 - fear, and 2- the eye telling the brain one thing when the inner ear is telling it another.

As for the first, well not a lot one can do about that especially given the unconventional way that minibus drivers drive in Thailand.
The other problems can be limited.

Sitting in the middle of the bus may not be such a good idea - if you can't see out very well your eye will focus on the interior of the vehicle, and register very little movement with the brain. In the meantime your inner ear is telling you that you are being thrown about all over the place - so this is the conflict your body can't handle.

To overcome this it would help if your eye and body are saying the same thing - to this end sit where you can see OUT OF TH WINDOW - that way the conflict is reduced.

Also where your seat is in relation to the wheels is important - if you sit over or behind the back axle you will get the maximum up and down movements. In general sitting near the front gets less bouncing about as the front suspension is independent and weighted by the engine. Roll is less evident there too.

This of course means that you can see out of the front window - and then see the other traffic - which in turn may dramatically increase your fear a bit of a catch 22 situation really!!!

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Posted by digger on 24/10/2008 at 10:27

Motion sickness
Crewed on a motor yacht in the Med some years ago and started to get sea-sick on a rough crossing to Sardinia. The chef got me to suck on a lemon and the sea-sickness went away - maybe something to do with the stomach engaging with some serious flavours - don't know! Simple enough to carry a lemon - no sleepy side effects and goes great with fish too!

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Posted by khunwilko on 24/10/2008 at 11:39

I have sailed extensively all my life and for every case of motion-sickness there are a hundred cures....if one was universally efficacious the whole discussion about the problem would be a non-starter.
however IMO the psychological causes and effects are usually under-estimated and whereas a lemon might work in some circumstances, it may not work on others or a second time - depending on the placebo effect I guess.

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