It is always when you least expect hiccups to arrive and not go away. There are endless myths surrounding hiccupping, why it happens and how you can make them disappear, but in the end, it’s just a neutral spasm of the muscle in your diaphragm. We’ve all heard all the silly tips and tricks on how to get rid of the hiccups, but which ones work and how do hiccups happen in the first place? We reveal everything you need to be…
What are hiccups and what are their causes?
The diaphragm muscle is a sudden, involuntary contraction.
The sound is created by the closing of the vocal cords as a reversal of muscle spasm.
The humorous sound is caused by a number of factors, but they are usually very random and do not last very long.
Hiccups are usually not dangerous and can be cured, or stop on their own for a short time.
You should not worry about hiccups unless it is clearly a medical emergency.
But if they last longer than a few hours and are interfering with your daily life, such as affecting your eating or sleeping habits, you should visit your GP.
How to get rid of hiccups
There are several things you can do to get rid of persistent hiccups, most of which do not require special treatments or include things you already have in the closet.
Many people swear by the following methods, but they are going to be taken with a grain of salt because there is no medical evidence that proves that they work for everyone.
Pull your knees up to your chest and continue
This helps to tighten the chest and put gentle pressure on your diaphragm, hopefully restraining and then stopping the cuts.
Drink a glass of water (and try it upside down)
This is basically a way to get attention in your mind.
Ice water should also help, as is drinking the water while you are upside down.
While this is not a medical recommendation, this is likely to work due to the need for some focus.
Hold your breath
Everyone knows this one, try to hold your breath for as long as possible, breathe in and out every time, and repeat this process.
Grab a lemon or taste some grapes
Feeding on something bitter like lemon targets the vagus nerve, which runs from the brain to the stomach.
This sends signals to the brain, prompting them to shift their focus from hiccups to a sharp taste instead.
This crop also works if you use grapes or anything like strong flavor.
Avoid certain foods and drinks
According to the NHS, spicy foods, carbonated drinks, chewing gum and alcoholic beverages are all great motivators for hiccups, so if your hiccups are bothering you, consider giving them this food.
Give up smoking
Smoking can also be a reason behind your hobby, so you should consider quitting.