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10 Things You Can Try to Cure or Prevent VR Sickness

Updated on November 21, 2017
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How To Cure or Prevent Virtual Reality (VR) Sickness
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Virtual Reality (VR) sickness is real and such a drag! As a matter of fact, it affects almost everyone. I myself have experienced it when I tried playing games using the PlayStation VR Headset. That is why I’ve scoured everywhere for information on how to deal with it and collated them all here. But first, let’s define what VR sickness is:

“VR Sickness is a state caused by being immersed in a virtual reality environment for some time. Its symptoms are similar to that of motion sickness, which includes: headache, dizziness, disorientation, nausea, sweating, and discomfort, among others.”

There are several ways to remedy VR sickness—some are therapeutic, some are placebo. I’ve listed the most accepted and effective ones here. Go on and try them. See what works for you and finally enjoy the full experience of what our current VR technology has to offer.

10 Ways To Remedy VR Sickness

1. Stand While Playing

In-game, the character you are playing would most likely be standing, walking, running, and jumping. That is why you should act like your character. In this case, it is totally acceptable to just stand instead of sit. By doing this, you create the illusion that you’re actually the character itself. This makes your brain think that you are only operating in one world—the VR world—which in turn dramatically reduces your chances of experiencing VR sickness.

2. Have a Fan Blowing on your Face

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It may sound ridiculous at first, but with all the motion taking place inside a virtual reality environment, having a fan blowing on your face could help you better substantiate the whole experience.

A fan blowing wind on your face could deliver a more realistic virtual reality set-up by letting you experience the illusion of movement even better. You do move a lot inside a VR game, so it’s more natural to feel wind on your skin rather than just stand there in stagnant air.

3. Follow Your Character’s Movements

Since you’re trying to get the full experience out of your VR games, it’s best to act like you’re really in the world of your games. Move your head towards where your character is gazing. Walk in place while your character walks. Act everything out as if you’re actually inside the game. By doing all of these, you could ease all the symptoms of VR sickness by telling your brain that you’re actually one with the game.

4. Gradually Build Tolerance

It seems that VR sickness is something that makes your brain go bonkers with the unique experience. As such, adapting and getting used to it through time could be the answer to your problem. Start small then gradually pick up the pace. Once you fully build your tolerance with VR sickness, then there will be nothing to stop you from playing your immersive VR games anymore.

5. Stop Playing When You Start Getting Dizzy

If you are looking for a definitive VR sickness cure, then resting is best! When you start getting dizzy, STOP playing! Don’t overdo it! Rest will make you feel better and prepare you for the next time you play your VR games.

Now, if you really don’t want to experience VR sickness ever again, then just quit—forever! As they say, prevention is always better than the cure. Kidding!

6. Chew on Ginger

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Ginger doesn’t only make food tastier as a spice and keep you healthy with its therapeutic properties, it can also be taken as a remedy for VR sickness. It is well known that the gingerols that can be found in gingers can help alleviate nausea, motion sickness, and queasiness, just to name a few. That being said, there’s a big reason to believe that it might also work pretty well in preventing VR sickness.

Here are some ginger-based products that you can take before immersing yourself in the world of virtual reality:

  • Fresh Ginger
  • Ginger Candies or Bons
  • Ginger Tea
  • Dried Ginger

Be sure to take only just enough ginger to harness its effects. A small piece or sliver is fine. If you’ve never liked ginger before, then now’s the right time to incorporate it in your meals. After all, it might not just ease your VR sickness, it will also improve your overall health.

7. Chew some Gum

Chewing on gum while playing virtual reality games could significantly reduce the manifestations of VR sickness. It works by tricking your brain into thinking that you’re not in any sort of danger. Well, you’re not really in danger. It’s just that the brain interprets your virtual reality experience as a misalignment of your senses, causing you to feel sick and uncomfortable because your body is trying to fend off possible impairments and imbalances that don’t even exist in the first place.

By chewing on gum, you not only distract your brain from the wobbly virtual reality experience, but also send the message to it that you’re not in any sort of danger because you are eating nonchalantly by chewing on something—a thing that you probably wouldn’t or just couldn’t do if you are in real danger.

8. Adjust the Headset Properly on your Head for the Best Fit

Adjust your VR Headset in such a way that it sits comfortably on your head. Be sure to tighten all hinges properly and make sure that you see the screen of your VR headset at the most optimal and clearest view. If for some reason you don’t see a very clear picture, then the chances of you getting VR sickness will rise.

9. Calibrate the Settings Appropriately

Be sure that before you use your VR Headset, you calibrate its settings to your ideal preferences. Settings might vary with different headsets. Some possesses spatial settings, tracking lights, and distance estimations. Just make sure that you’ve calibrated your VR Headset properly before you play.

10. Try Wearing Special Wristbands

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True or not, it is said that some specially made anti-nausea wristbands could help you deal with VR sickness for the better. They work by passively applying pressure on a certain acupoint on your wrist, which in turn makes you more resistant to nausea.

Then there’s the alternative explanation—anti-nausea wristbands don’t work at all! It’s all just in the mind. These special wristbands being on your wrist, in fact, induces a placebo effect rather than a therapeutic effect. Still, if that were the case, then there’s essentially no harm trying to wear these wristbands.

Do note that anti-nausea wristbands may not only work for VR sickness but also for motion sickness, car sickness, and sea sickness. I remember wearing one in the past, and it certainly put me at ease for a while.

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