I met a girl tonight in the library tonight who has a chronic case of the hiccups… I’ve heard of this on TV but never in real life! It was interesting to talk to her and kind of humorous to listen to during studying. Supposedly she has had the hiccups for the last year and a half. She has seen a myriad of doctors with no cure. What a life! She says they get worse when sleepy or stressed. I know you’re all dying to have a little scientific explanation for this phenomenon so I went out and got one for you…
“A hiccup, also known as hiccough, synchronous diaphragmatic flutter (SDF), or singultus is a common condition that probably affects every human, in which there is an involuntary esophageal contraction of the diaphragm that recurs several times per minute….The sudden rush of air into the lungs causes the epiglottis to close, creating that hic sound….A hiccup is an involuntary action involving a reflex arc (the neural pathway that mediates a reflex action) – we have no control over it. Most experts agree that they do not appear to have any useful purpose.” Found here
So what do we do? I have my personal methods of getting rid of hiccups. Hold your breath for five seconds while plugging your nose, swallow the saliva accumulating in your mouth or take a sip of water, hold breath for five more seconds and take one more swallow or sip. WALAh! Hiccups gone!
So I know you’re all wondering what’s going to happen to our library hiccoughing friend!? We came up with a couple conclusions… Her roommate claims that she has never heard a hiccup during sleeping hours. After further investigation, we found out that our involuntary esophageal contracting friend has never hiccuped during the middle of kissing. There you have it! The cure is sleep and kissing! I hope I get a chronic case of the hiccups soon!
If you have five minutes this is worth a watch!
Here’s another random song… I really like the tune. It took me a minute to figure out that this guy was actually speaking English. I thought for a minute it was in another language. Maybe you’ll be quicker to catch on than I was. Lyrics here
Jinja Safari “Hiccups”