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July 14, 2022

Is stress capable of causing hiccups?

Can stress trigger hiccups?

The hiccup is one of those unwelcome guests that usually causes us to pause and wonder where they came from. These diaphragmatic spasms, which affect the muscle that separates the chest from the abdomen, are often caused by swallowing air while eating, chewing gum, drinking carbonated drinks, or taking certain drugs.



But it's accurate to say that upsetting or emotional situations might cause those annoying "hics." The phrenic nerve, which transmits data from the brain to the diaphragm muscle to help control breathing, regulates the diaphragm in part. Your diaphragm will spasm if this nerve is irritated by a brief moment of anxiety, fear, or shock.

The typical duration of hiccups brought on by emotional stressors is short—a few minutes to a few hours at most. Try to put a quick stop to them by holding
Your breath for five to ten seconds.
Biting into a lemon. 
Drinking ice water.
Breathing into a paper bag.

Photo by Amber Janssens: https://www.pexels.com/photo/glass-of-cooling-drink-on-table-7154324/
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