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Why Carnival Rides Make Some People Sick

Tuesday, 10 Sep 2013 03:34 PM

Why do carnival rides make some people giddy with excitement and others dizzy and sick?
New research, reported in Medical News Today, indicates two potential biological reasons that motion rides make some feel nauseated.
 
One theory suggests such feelings are tied to the natural defense system our bodies have to eliminate poisons. If the brain senses something is out of alignment — our balance center and vision are twisted up — the mind believes we've swallowed a poison and triggers feelings of nausea response and even vomiting.

The second has to do with signals that the balance center in our ears sends to the heart when we're turned upside down and flipped in circles. When we feel unusual motions, the heart pumps faster to redirect blood flow to vital organs and the stomach's contents are emptied so digestion won't distract from more important fight-or-flight responses.
 
Regardless of the theories, here are some tips Medical News Today offers to help you enjoy carnival rides without getting sick:
  • Rides that let you anticipate upcoming changes in direction help your brain register the effects, so sitting in the front seats of a roller-coaster or similar rides can help you enjoy them better.
  • Rides that have you focus on stationary objects while you are moving — like the "Tilt-a-Whirl" — are confusing and mixed signals to the brain that are more likely to trigger motion sickness.
  • Controlled regular breathing helps motion tolerance, and studies suggest it's at least half as effective as anti-motion medications.
  • Rides that move back and forth are half as likely to produce motion sickness as wilder ones that add a second or even a third movement.
  • Having frequent exposure to rides can desensitize your system and help you tolerate them better.
  • Consider the power of positive thinking: Simply adopting an attitude that you are going to enjoy the ride leads to a better experience than the self-fulfilling prophecy of getting on a ride that you believe is going to make you sick.
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Why do carnival rides make some people giddy with excitement and others dizzy and sick? New research, reported in Medical News Today, indicates two potential biological reasons that motion rides make some feel nauseated.
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