August 15, 2016 at 12:58 PM
One of the great pleasures in life for many people is reading, as nothing beats curling up with a good book. However, there are many environments that are not suited to the pleasure of reading and sadly one such environment is the car. Why is it that so many people feel sick and dizzy when reading as a passenger, and more importantly, what can be done about it?
The problem of vertigo (dizziness)
When travelling in a car and reading, your eyes are focussed upon the page while your body feels the movement of the moving car. It is the combination of these factors that can cause vertigo.
The importance of the balance centre
The body's balance centre helps to keep the body regulated and in sync. This is done via what we see (visual input); the body in relation to its environment (proprioception); and sensory input via the inner ear. All of these help us to climates to our environment when we are both stationary and moving. Therefore, you can begin to feel dizzy when one of these stimuli is out of sync with the others.
Why you feel dizzy when reading in a moving car
The answer to this lies with the body balance centre. In essence, your body is out of sync. Your eyes are fixed on the written page, that is not moving; while your body and inner ear perceive the movement of the car.
How to prevent feeling dizzy and sick when reading in a moving car
If you love to read while travelling, then there are ways in which to continue reading without feeling sick. Here are some top tips to try.
Take a Break
One way is to continually look up and absorb your surroundings. Doing so will help to re-sync your body to the fact that you are travelling in a moving car and are not stationery.
Drink and eat before your car journey
By making sure that you are adequately hydrated can help to alleviate the symptoms of vertigo. However, it is best to avoid large quantities of caffeine.
Distraction Is also another tried and tested technique to avoid that sick, dizzy feeling. Aromatherapy, music and sucking on sweets can all help. Just remember that what may work for one person, may not work for another.
Obscure the view
if you can obscure the moving images from outside the car window, then you can trick your body into thinking that it is stationary, helping to stop vertigo. This can be done by simply sinking lower into your seat, or by simply anchoring your body away from the window.