If you\’re confiding in a friend about problems, the conversation might turn to topics like not getting enough rest or tossing and turning at night. But what about things your body does during
– like drooling, or – that you might be embarrassed to talk about by the light of day? For example, take Kindra Hall, vice president of sales at a network marketing firm in Phoenix. She admits that drooling excessively while sleeping is a major source of embarrassment, especially when she\’s been caught in the act. Soaked bed pillows and stained throw pillows are constant reminders of her humiliating habit. \”I\’m very conscious about control,\” Hall tells WebMD via email, \”but as soon as my are closed and I enter dreamland, all bets are off. \” You might not even be aware of your sleeping habits — until your bed partner clues you in. Sometimes, these behaviors are a part of the natural process. Other times, what you might consider a nuisance — like snoring — could be a sign of an underlying sleep problem. \”It\’s important for people to realize what is a normal phenomenon versus something that needs further evaluation,\” says William Kohler, MD, medical director of Florida Sleep Institute in Spring Hill, Fla. Here is the lowdown on your nighttime habits – why they happen and when they could be a sign of something more serious. An estimated 37 million American adults snore on a regular basis, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Snoring is caused by airway narrowing and tissue vibrations in the nasal passages and throat.
Snoring can be associated with and, but can also be a sign of a more serious problem, like. \”It\’s not really the loudness [that\’s concerning], it\’s whether the obstruction that\’s causing snoring is also causing respiratory impairment at night,\” Kohler says. The verdict: Snoring is a common problem, but if you suspect that it\’s disrupting your sleep, you should get a medical evaluation. Drooling in your sleep can be a normal phenomenon or it can occur in medical conditions that increase salivation, Kohler says. If you drool regularly, you may want to find out if you are at risk for a blocked airway at night or. The verdict: Drooling can be normal, but it can also be associated with other medical conditions. Most of us don t spend a lot of time thinking about farts: most of us probably wish they didn t happen at all. Sure, there are those who like to fart for fun and those who like to light them on fire (yes, it s possible, but dangerous), but for a lot of people, farts are little more than a source of embarrassment. However, maybe we shouldn t be so embarrassed about our flatulence. It s smelly and can happen at inconvenient times, but it happens to everyone. So maybe we should stop judging each other, and especially ourselves, for passing a bit of gas now and then. After all, it s relieving and feels a heck of a lot better than holding it in. Perhaps the key to banishing all the stigma we have about farts is to learn more about them.
Check out these 12 facts about farts. Whether you think of learning about farts as getting to know your enemy or becoming more closely acquainted with a bodily friend, read on to discover a lot about farts that you may not have known! В Most farts occur when a person is asleep. If you hold in your farts during the day, they ll likely find their way out while you re snoozing. On average, humans fart about 14 times per day. You can deny them all you want, but they still happen! The word fart comes from the Old English word feortan. This literally translates into to break wind. Hippocrates, the Greek physician known as the Father of Western medicine, is credited with saying that passing gas is necessary to well-being. This makes sense, as holding in farts has been associated with headaches and hemorrhoids. Plus, it s downright uncomfortable в not so great for mental well-being either! В The pungent smell that many farts are notorious for is produced by a gas known as hydrogen sulphide, which accounts for about one percent of fart gas. The rest of the fart is composed of, in order of volume, nitrogen, hydrogen, carbon dioxide, methane and oxygen. В A silent fart usually smells worse than a loud one because there is less air to dilute the sulfur. An unfair trade-off, it seems: silent but smelly versus loud but less obvious. Which will you choose? Cruciferous vegetables (kale, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and Brussels sprouts), dairy, eggs, garlic, red meat and baked goods are a few of the most fart-inducing foods.
However, don t forgo the green veggies for fear of farts в those are incredibly healthy! Beans can make you fart, but these farts are not likely to be of the super-smelly variety. В Due to a more highly concentrated sulfur content, the farts of females may smell worse than the farts of males. Sorry, ladies. For the Yanomami tribe of northern Brazil and southern Venezuela, a fart is used as a greeting. It s certainly an exuberant way to say hello! В Farts can travel out of us at a speed of 10 feet per second. That s pretty fast for such a small cloud of gas. В A person can fart up to three hours after they die в this is due to gases leaving the body post-mortem в and can continue until the onset of rigor mortis. Yikes. We re all human в so relax, pass the kale wraps and accept the humble fart for what it is: completely natural. Tanya is a writer at The Alternative Daily with a passion for meditation, music, poetry, and overall creative and active living. She has a special interest in exploring traditional Eastern remedies and superfoods from around the globe, and enjoys spending time immersed in nature. http://zomoetdat. nl/thefartfacts. com/index. html http://www. scoopwhoop. com/inothernews/crazy-fart-facts http://www. buzzfeed. com/mattpagourgis/fart-facts-that-will-make-you-gasp? utm_term=. lqJORMXZM http://www. survivalinternational. org/tribes/yanomami