As I write in this moment, I am suffering from a (strangely painful) bout of hiccups. Hiccups are the worst. They seem absolutely pointless, yet they insist on impacting the say you speak, the way you breathe, and the way you talk.
Well here’s the good news. I get hiccups a lot, so I have a few tricks up my sleeve. And actually, I learned a new trick today by experimenting with some of these hacks. Check out this list of hiccup cures and whether or not they work for me.
1. Cup your hands over your mouth and nose, but continue to breathe
The idea behind this one is that your hands will trap some of the carbon dioxides for you to breathe back in. Makes sense, right?
Does it work? Well...not for me. But it could work for you!
2. Pinch your palm
This is one of the stranger recommendations out there, but all you have to do is pinch your entire hand. Yep—that’s it. The idea is that the discomfort distracts your nervous system and interrupts hiccups. The best part of this one is you don’t have to hold your breath (and almost pass out).
Does it work? I was shocked, but this was actually the hack that cured me of my most recent bout. Give it a shot next time you have hiccups and let us know if it works for you.
3. Drink over a spoon
This is another strange one. Grab a glass of water and hold a spoon over the top. Take a drink out of the glass with your upper mouth over the spoon. This is supposed to upset your normal breathing and drinking patterns, stopping your hiccups.
Does it work? Not for me, but I have friends who swear by it, so it’s worth trying.
4. Try this breathing, drinking exercise
This is one that I started doing years ago. I didn’t really find anyone who told me to, I just adapted it from a few other methods. Start by breathing all of the air out of your lungs. Don’t breathe in again until the very end. Take a drink of water without breathing in. Push more air out, take another drink. Push even more air out and take one last drink. By this time you’ll be desperate for a breath.
Does it work? I swear to you, it works EVERY SINGLE TIME. Without fail. At least, it works for me. Also, you have to do it right. The only problem with this one is...well... you might pass out by the end. Just be smart about it, y’all.
Of course, if you hiccups are too painful or recurring you should talk to a doctor. And be smart about these hacks.
In other news, you have to see this picture. Can you see the cat?