Why does the body still feel like it’s moving when in bed after going on a boat or amusement park ride during the day?


Is it something to do with the ears?

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The sensation of movement is communicated to the brain through several mechanisms.

The first and fastest is the eyes. If you have ever been stopped in a car wash and have that momentary belief that you are moving it is because the washing machine arms moving cause your brain to think the vehicle is moving because we expect front to back movement of objects in our vision. If you have not experienced this you should try it.

The second way we understand that we are moving is through the ears m there is a structure called the vestibular system. This system not only tells you that you are moving but also the orientation of your body. This is what you are asking about.

I am sorry, it is benign positional vertigo [https://www.healthline.com/health/benign-positional-vertigo#causes](https://www.healthline.com/health/benign-positional-vertigo#causes)

The one below is WRONG.

~~The sudden movement in the rides can cause an issue called benign labyrinthitis. You are experiencing a minor case of it.~~ [~~https://www.healthline.com/health/labyrinthitis~~](https://www.healthline.com/health/labyrinthitis)

There is a third system too. Your hairs on your skin and the skin itself provide feedback about movement. Like when you are in a windy place or on a bike. This is not as important as the others but it is there.

I get that feeling after I run on a treadmill.
Makes me feel like I can move faster for a while

Your body gets used to environments that it’s in.

When you wake up in the dark and turn the light on, that light is initially very bright. But then you get used to it.

When you’re on a boat initially, it feels very wobbly. Then you get used to it. But when you get off the boat, your body is used to being wobbly, so it takes some time to get used to it. While it’s doing that, it still feels like you’re moving.

Form more reading, look into MDDS.

There are several body systems responsible for giving your brain the stimulus that it is moving. The eyes, the cochlea within your ears- even the way your guts sag communicates which way you are moving or which way is up.

Most of these systems give immediate feedback- if you continue to feel the sensation of gradual movement long after a ride stops, it has more to do with your nervous system and your brain.

Your brain has been compensating for forward motion and has “gotten used to it” as a norm for an extended time, and even though the stimulus has stopped, your brain may be stuck in that sort of pattern. Kind of like the way your eyes need time to adjust to light, darkness, and colors.

From what I understand, similar symptoms can persist after long plane rides. It’s called disembarkment syndrome.