Home > fyi > dueling reflexes: sneeze vs yawn

dueling reflexes: sneeze vs yawn

Has this ever happened to you? This morning standing in the kitchen, I felt the little tickle in my nose of a sneeze starting. But then at the same time a yawn started too. Two simultaneous involuntary diaphragm reflexes — I had a fraction of a second to wonder which would win. The answer, at least this time: the yawn won and the urge to sneeze was suppressed.

Worse was the time, years ago, I had the hiccups and felt a sneeze coming on. In that case, both reflexes did actually occur simultaneously, and I hiccuped right in the middle of the sneeze. It felt like my head imploded, and kinda made a bit of a mess! :-)

Call me weird (“You’re weird!”) but I find these sorts of physiological quirks fascinating. Somebody ought to do a show on one of those cable science channels on stuff like this.

Advertisements
  1. No comments yet.
  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: