today i learned – thurs 28th june 2018

hiccups, they can be proper annoying can’t they? 🙄 always appearing in important meetings or exams 😭 let’s investigate 👍🏻

#tdil what hiccups actually are and how they’re caused 🙈

today’s post actually comes courtesy of my lovely girlfriend once again … so i can’t actually take credit for even learning this in the first place 😅

anyway, let’s get into it! hiccups are actually a result of your diaphragm becoming irritated and subsequently jerkily pulling air into your lungs 🙄

as a bit of background info, your diaphragm is a dome-shaped muscle at the bottom of your chest that pulls air into your lungs #winning 🙌🏻 for the most part, it’s pretty reliable … continually pulling down to draw air in and relaxing to let air back out again throughout your life.

sometimes, however, it has a bit of a merh and becomes irritated 🙈 when this happens, it stops being smooth and jerkily pulls the air into your lungs instead 🙄

this sudden and unexpected rush of air plows its way into your voice box and causes your vocal cords to suddenly close 😳 this is what causes that quintessential hiccup noise! (i just wanted to use the word quintessential 😂)

but what kind of things can cause hiccups in the first place? as you can probably imagine, there’s no set list of stuff … but common causes are eating too fast, getting too excited, swallowing air (lol what?) and drinking too much alcohol 🥂

to be honest, you’ve probably heard all of the ways to get rid of hiccups before – hold ya breath and etc – so i thought i’d supply you with a new one, just in case they weren’t working 😏

apparently, one surprising way is to drink a whole glass of water through a straw … with both of your ears blocked 😂 as mad as it sounds, doing that apparently stimulates your vagus system and cures hiccups! 😱

you can also, quite simply, just stick your tongue out 🤷🏻‍♂️ that also stimulates your vagus system 😜👍🏻 let me know on that one 😂

that was pretty fun today 😏 i actually cannot wait to have hiccups again now 😂 just want to have an excuse for sticking my tongue out 🙈

bye peeps! 😁 #tdil

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