Motion sickness is caused when the system responsible for maintaining balance (inner ear, eyes, and sensory nerves) gets confused. This happens when one part of your body senses that you're moving, but the other parts don't. Each part sends different messages to your brain and it gets mixed up. For example, if you are in the cabin of a ship, your inner ear feels the movement of the waves. But your eyes, looking at the wall inside the cabin, don't see any movement. This confusion between the senses causes motion sickness.
Women are more likely to get motion sickness, particularly when they have their period or during pregnancy.
People who get migraines are more likely to get motion sickness and to have a migraine at the same time. It's rare in children younger than 2 years of age.
You can also get motion sickness from video games, flight simulators, 3D movies or looking through a microscope. In these activities your eyes see motion but your body doesn't sense it.
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