Cybersickness Remedies

Cybersickness, the mismatch of inputs between the eyes and the rest of the senses that happens when watching 3D or virtual reality movies, playing games, and even using your smartphone can be a major problem. If you’re feeling the symptoms of cybersickness don’t worry, there are many things you can try to bring some relief and watch/play longer.

  • Chew gum, or just chewing 1
  • Breath calmly
  • Wear an anti-seasickness wrist band
  • Limit your exposure
  • Use peripheral-limiting VR Goggles or Glasses 2
  • Wear the ReliefBand a medically proven motion sickness treatment device
  • Use the highest possible refresh rate or frame rate available
  • Turn off “bobbing” motion of your avatar or their movement
  • Set your visual position at the point of your avatar’s head (some titles allow you to be in front or behind your avatar which increases symptoms) 3
  • Practice good hydration
  • Look away from the screen for some time (If you’re watching a movie)
  • Medication such as Dramamine, Stugeron, Bonine/Antivert, and Scopolamine in patch or pill form 4

Ineffective treatments:

  • Ginger root is not an effective treatment for any form of motion sickness. Though, it does treat nausea and vomiting due to illness, ingestion, and morning sickness. 5 6

 

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Notes:

  1. Motion sickness (2016). In Wikipedia.
  2. Mandelbaum, R. F. Scientists think they’ve found A way to eliminate virtual reality sickness. Retrieved December 9, 2016
  3. Motion sickness (2016). In Wikipedia.
  4. Spinks AB, Wasiak J, Villanueva EV, Bernath V (2007). Wasiak J, ed. “Scopolamine (hyoscine) for preventing and treating motion sickness”. Cochrane database of systematic reviews (Online) (3): CD002851
  5. Brainard A, Gresham C (2014). “Prevention and treatment of motion sickness”. Am Fam Physician. 90 (1): 41–6.
  6. Pongrojpaw D, Somprasit C, Chanthasenanont A (2007). “A randomized comparison of ginger and dimenhydrinate in the treatment of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy.”. Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand. 90: 1703–9.

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