The coronavirus pandemic forced people to dedicate much of their lives, including work, entertainment, and personal interactions, online. All this screen time has taken a toll, as more people of all ages are reporting symptoms of “cybersickness.”
Cybersickness is a form of motion sickness, characterized by nausea, disorientation, and oculomotor disturbances, according to a study by Kay Stanney and colleagues, published in 2020 in the International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction. Cybersickness was a phenomenon before the pandemic but was studied mostly in the context of virtual reality games.
A 2021 article published on the subject by National Geographic explains how cybersickness is seasickness in reverse. Instead of your body moving while your perception believes you should be still, in a digital world your body is still, but your senses are perceiving motion, whether through video games, online meetings, or just endless web scrolling.
Fortunately, the dizziness and discomfort of too much screen time can be eased by some of the same strategies that work on other types of motion sickness.
For instance, nausea relief wrist bands are designed to relieve the symptoms of motion and travel sickness naturally using acupressure. Specifically, the bands include studs sewn inside that put gentle, steady pressure on the P-6, also called Nei-Kuan, acupressure point. Studies have shown that applying pressure to this point relieves the nausea associated with motion sickness.
“Because the bands do not use drugs, they do not cause any of the side effects associated with anti-nausea drugs and can be worn on each wrist whenever you feel nauseous”, notes a member of the Sea-Band company.
Of interest, nausea relief wrist bands are HSA and FSA approved, meaning they are covered by most health insurance plans.