People Share Their Personal Bodyhacks That Will Make Your Life Easier
Everyone's body reacts differently to life's little annoyances. Here, people share their personal body hacks that help them conquer hiccups, stubbed toes, headaches and more…
Disclaimer: everybody's body is different, and these are personal anecdotes from individuals, not doctors!
Your body reads this as a stage of falling asleep, leading you to fall asleep much faster.
I'm an insomniac, most prescription sleep meds don't work for me, but this plus better sleep hygiene has helped me a ton.
Stare at the other dot and draw your line without looking anywhere else.
Our brains will automatically make your hand go to where you are looking creating a straight line.
Your body assumes it's more painful and stops feeling the pain from the other spot as much. It helps lessen the length you have to deal with the pain of the injury. I don't think this will work for gunshot wounds, or decapitations, but I haven't had the chance to test it... Yet.
The trick is to do it like the lung equivalent of pulling off a bandaid.
As someone who gets these all the time, 80% of the time it'll be gone immediately.
Especially if they feel like they might be caffeine headaches, or maybe tension headaches. They could be caused by dehydration.
They'll think about it for a split second, then give you some sort of answer, then their hiccups are gone.
Sometimes I do this to random people and not even tell them why I asked. They usually walk away thinking I'm some sort of weirdo, but hey, their hiccups are gone.
Now when it is important that I pee before a long car ride or know I am going to a place without a restroom, I go to the bathroom and scratch that spot on my back and I start to pee whether or not I had to.
It reduces mental stress. If your mind has less stress, it can use it's capacities on other topics more efficiently.
When you turn the light back off, the closed eye will still be adjusted to the dark.
For 18 to 35% of people, that'll induce a sneeze due the photic sneeze effect, or Autosomal Dominant Compelling Helio-Ophthalmic Outburst Syndrome (ACHOO). Because scientists especially love a good acronym.
Or sleep on two pillows. It helps keep the acid down where it's supposed to be if your neck is elevated. However, if you experience it frequently, talk to your doctor.
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If you're short or long sighted, then take off your glasses and make a tiny, TINY hole with your hand. Look through it and read something you normally couldn't.
This led to one incident of pretty severe pain which made him finally pop some Percosets, but before the drugs kicked in he was still thrashing around in agony.
To take his mind off it, I started asking him about his college apartment in all kinds of elaborate detail, like what kind of carpet was on the floor, what color shower curtain did they have, what sort of dishes and on what shelves were they kept etc. etc. It forced him to focus his attention on his memories of this place and not on the pain he was currently experiencing. It was successful, at least long enough for the drugs to start doing real work on the problem.
This is because the contents of your own stomach are harmful to your throat. It's a pretty good indication that you're gonna hurl.
That Christmas episode of the Simpsons changed my life.
When I'm done peeing I'll continue to just sit there and read the news or whatever on my phone. 7 times out of 10 I'll end up pooping if I sit there long enough. This prevents that horrible situation where you shower then as soon as you get out you have to poop. I'm not a morning person so perhaps if I got up a little earlier and had a cup of coffee things would progress naturally, but this works for me.
These are some pulse points where the blood vessels are closer to the surface of the skin.
I went from 3 miles being a monumental hurdle to twice a week 8 mile runs feeling great. It's a lot easier on your knees and feet too. Also, audiobooks help with the boredom. Run outside, not on a treadmill.
1. Exhale completely out of your mouth until your lungs are empty. Do not breath back in yet.
2. Pinch your nose with thumb and forefinger. Don't breathe yet.
3. Tilt your head all the way back, and then all he way forward. Do not breathe in yet.
4. Repeat the head tilting exercise for as long as you can hold your breath. When you can't hold it anymore let go of your nose and breathe in a nice lungful. Your nose will be clear - at least for long enough to use some Nasal spray and clear it properly.
This is awesome! You look a total idiot and I have no idea how it works. But it does.
It's something I'm doing fairly regularly now because it works miracles when I'm physically spent at the end of a long day.
Not sure if it's just a placebo type affect, but it works every time for me.
This can be done with your tongue or thumb, then using your other hand to push just above the bridge of the nose.
Going to the gym and running a mile does not burn as much calories as you think.
A professor did a study where he only ate twinkies for a month. Because the caloric intake was low, he lost weight (or maintained). This truly showed it was the volume and less about the contents of what we eat which controls our weight.
Obviously you get no essential vitamins and nutrients from just twinkies. I don't advocate it. But all these diet fads are useless. The key concept is controlling caloric intake. That's all it takes.
Just don't take more than 10,000iu a day for more than 3 months because you'll get toxicity. I take 4000iu a day.
Talk to your doctor about dose.
When you're a kid most adults will tell you one thing or another is "cool" and "fun." Odds are you're too young to form any kind of opinion on the matter one way or another. You're a kid, right? You don't know what you're eating for breakfast. However, when you get older and form that larger worldview, you realize that yeah, maybe that one time when you were a kid actually wasn't fun.
These are those stories.