The human body is one of the most interesting mechanisms in the world. And, like any mechanism, you can apply your own "hacks" to it - to make your life easier.
A few tricky tips for controlling your body:
What to do if it tickles in the throat:
Just scratch your ear - you will stimulate the nerve endings that will cause spasm, and this will relieve you of the discomfort. This is the conclusion reached by the doctor - ear-throat-nose Scott Schafer.
What to do if you can't hear someone:
The answer is simple and trivial: listen carefully, but with your right ear. The secret is that the right ear is better at recognizing speech, while the left is better at recognizing musical tones and notes. This is due to the peculiarities of the functioning of the cerebral hemispheres.
What to do if you are afraid of injections:
The sensation of the injection, indeed, cannot be called pleasant. However, there is a trick here: try to cough. Studies have shown that people who coughed during intravenous injections felt less pain than those who did not. A cough causes a sudden, temporary increase in pressure in the chest, suppressing the spinal cord's task of conducting pain.
What to do if your nose is blocked:
Dr. Lisa DeStefano's method: you need to alternately press your tongue to the palate several times, and then press on the point between the eyebrows. After about 20 seconds, the congestion will subside. This is due to the fact that a special porous bone - the vomer - located in the nasal region, as it were, "sways", gradually opening the passage for inhaled and exhaled air.
What to do if you overeat before bed:
This method will help you avoid heartburn. Just lie on your left side, says gastroenterologist Anthony A. Starpole. This will keep your stomach below your esophagus, preventing acid from entering your larynx. And it is highly recommended not to go to bed immediately after eating, but to wait 2-3 hours.
What to do if you have a toothache:
Visit your dentist immediately! But to ease the pain itself, do this: Rub an ice cube on the back of your hand - in the V-shaped web between your thumb and forefinger. Toothache will be reduced by half. Here's how it works: Stimulating the nerves in this area of the arm causes slight numbness and blocks pain signals from reaching the brain.
What to do if nose bleeds:
You need to take a cotton swab and attach it to the gums behind a small dimple under the nose, and then press hard on it - advises Peter Desmore. The bleeding will stop because the pressure is blocking the artery. The principle is the same as for the application of the tourniquet. But, if the bleeding does not stop for more than 5-10 minutes, see your doctor!
What to do if you burn your finger:
To reduce the likelihood of blistering, press down on the burn area with a clean fingertip on your unaffected hand. This method is recommended by the same Lisa DeStefano. And in order to reduce pain, use the good old method: hand + cold water.
What to do if you are very worried:
Doctor Ben Ebo advises you to blow on your thumb. Fun fact: your thumb has its own heart rate, and by calming it, you can calm your heart rate too. When you blow on your finger, it cools it down and soothes the heartbeat. In addition, the action itself makes you breathe deeper, which also has a sedative effect.
What to do if you bite off ice cream and have a headache:
The feeling is familiar, perhaps, to everyone. This is due to the fact that the nerves in the palate are frozen and the brain decides that the whole body has cooled down. In response to this, overheating occurs, and as a result, a headache occurs. To warm the palate and relieve pain, simply press your tongue against it, trying to cover as much of the area as possible. Ben Ebo shared this method.
What to do if hand is numb:
It's enough to just shake your head from side to side, says Lisa DeStefano. Numbness occurs due to compression of the nerve fibers. A bundle of nerves that transmits signals from the arm to the brain travels through the neck, so you just need to stretch it to relieve the numbness.
What to do if you want to fall asleep quickly:
When you wake up in the morning, get out of bed right away and don't go back there until you need to go to bed again. This will help your body subconsciously associate bed with sleep, and over time you will be able to fall asleep just by touching the pillow with your head.
What to do if you need to memorize something:
Professor Candy Gamegrathner suggests repeating the text that you need to remember several times before going to bed. During sleep, our brain organizes all information, and it is transferred to long-term memory. In the morning after waking up, you will most likely know the text by heart.
What to do if it hurts in the side while running:
The feeling is familiar to almost everyone who has run at least once in their life. To avoid it, try to exhale when your right foot hits the ground. The fact is that the tingling sensation is caused by squeezing the liver, and it is quite easy to reduce the pressure on it.
What to do if you want to dive deeper into the water:
In case you are always short of air when you dive, try the method suggested by Jonathan Armbruster, MD. Take a few quick, short breaths. Thus, you will have an additional 10 seconds in stock. There will be a slight hyperventilation of the lungs, and the brain will assume that you have enough oxygen. This will help you make a deep dive.