Should You Read in a Moving Car?

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Doctors agree that although reading in a moving car can make some people feel bad, it is not really bad for your health. There are no long-term implications.

Perhaps you are one of the lucky people who never feel bad or sick when reading in a moving vehicle, but even if you are one of the unfortunate people who gets sick when reading in a car, you can rest assured that it will not have a long-lasting effect on you.

Let’s have a look at the most common ways reading in a moving vehicle might affect you.

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The main reason why some people get sick while reading in a moving car is that the inner ear and body perceive motion, but your vision is fixed on something that is not moving.

This is called vertigo. One definition of vertigo is that it is the sense of movement of yourself or your surroundings when there is none.

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A person’s balance center always receives visual input, a sense of position called proprioception, and input from the inner ear which measures movement.

Some people only get a headache when reading in a moving car. To prevent the headache to become worse, put down what you are reading when you feel you are developing a headache.

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If you keep on reading your headache can escalate and even makes it impossible for you to understand what you are reading.

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