As soon as you get inside the sports car your family rented for a road trip (yes,sports car rental in Miami actually exists), you decide to pick up your favorite book and start reading while the vehicle is in motion; sooner or later, you notice that you’re starting to feel horrible. Perhaps, your head starts to slightly ache or you feel like you’re getting a bit dizzy.
The scenario narrated above is actually very common. Most people have actually been in this situation but others may even have it worse to the point where they start to feel extremely nauseous.
But why is this so? No doubt, this was caused by reading inside a moving car.
Is it Bad For My Eyes?
The bottom line question is most probably on whether or not reading inside the car is bad for the eyes or for the health, in general.
The ultimate answer is no, reading inside the car is not harmful to your eyes nor your health. However, it can make you feel bad. The reason for this the fact that there is a huge disconnection between what your body feels while the car is moving and what your eyes actually see. As a consequence, you experience vertigo.
Of course, vertigo, here, is not permanent, it is only temporary or briefly induced by the situation. What happens is that your body perceives motion while the car is moving; your visual sense, however, is focused on an object that is not moving (i.e. the book you’re trying to read). This situation usually causes some people to experience vertigo and as a result, they start to feel bad.
Fortunately, there are ways to work around this. Keep in mind that the following tips may not be effective to everyone but it may work for some.
What Should I Do?
- Listen to music while reading the book (that is if you can still concentrate on reading while music is playing); the goal is to distract your brain from perceiving motion and you can do this by listening to music.
- Do not face the window while you’re reading. A part of your brain will still be able to perceive movements even if you’re not directly looking into the window; hence, it’s best to face to a side where you cannot notice other cars passing by, etc.
- Avoid alcohol and caffeine before you hit the road since these will only contribute to the motion sickness you might experience when you are reading inside the car.
- Listen to an audio book instead; if the motion sickness you experience is really hard to tolerate then you might want to consider looking into audio books.
- Look up every once in awhile in order to fix your visual and motion perception so as to avoid the cognitive dissonance you are feeling.
- Take lozenges or have some aroma therapy; some people have reported that these help in distracting your mind in order to avoid focusing on the disparity your mind perceives.