How many times have you seen this in the movies that the “drunk,” is telling his sad tale to the bartender . And every other word is punctuated with an involuntary spasm of the shoulders and a short, squeaking noise — a hiccup.
Ever wonder why we get the hiccups? Are those myths associated with hiccups really true?
The reason we hiccup is unknown its natural. Physiologically, Hiccupping is a complex reflex , a sudden contraction or spasm of the diaphragm and the muscles between the ribs makes you inhale quickly and involuntarily. It ends with “glottic closure” — the space in the throat near the vocal cords snaps shut, producing the typical sound.
Causes of Hiccups:
A very full stomach can cause bouts of hiccups that go away on their own. A full stomach can be caused by:
- Emotional stress or excitement.
- Eating too much food too quickly.
- Drinking too much alcohol.
- Swallowing too much air.
- A sudden change in stomach temperature, such as drinking a hot beverage and then a cold beverage.
It is not easy to define “normal” hiccups. But the average are shown below:
- A bout of hiccups — Having hiccups on and off for up to 48 hours
- Persistent hiccups — Hiccups that last more than 48 hours but less than one month
- Intractable hiccups — Hiccups lasting two months or more