Everybody sneezes, but some people sneeze daily while other folks just don't. The sneeze is your body's way of expelling foreign element from your nose from irritants like dust and pollen, to bacteria and viruses. This blustery act is more complicated than all that. Check out these five surprising facts about this ordinary phenomenon.
- Exercise makes people sneeze. When working hard and breathing heavy, your mouth and nose dry up. Your schnoz reacts by dripping, which makes you sneeze.
- Sneezes break the speed limit. Traveling at 100 miles per hour, a single sneeze blows air and mucus out of your mouth and nose, sending out 100,000 germs into the air. That's good news for you, but bad news for those around you. Remember to sneeze into your elbow!
- Your sneeze reflex sleeps with you. Yep, you don't have to worry about sneezing in your sleep, because your sneezing nerves take a snooze when you do.
Learn why both the sun and sex can bring on a sneeze when you read more.
- Sneezes and the sun have something in common. One out of three people will sneeze when exposed to bright sunlight. Actually, light sensitivity is genetic, so chances are if you're a sun sneezer, someone in your family is too.
- Sex is another sneeze trigger. "Stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system fires off signals in some people to not only enjoy the act of sex, but to sneeze when it's over."