20 Tips to Help You Master Your Body
The human body is an incredible machine, capable of performing remarkable feats and tasks. But while we often take our bodily functions for granted, there are times when we could use a little help, whether it’s falling asleep more quickly or suppressing a gag reflex. In this article, we’ll explore 20 tips to help you master your body, from improving your hearing to preventing acid reflux.
1. Condition Yourself to Fall Asleep Quickly
If you have trouble falling asleep at night, it may be because you spend too much time in your bed during the day. Try to avoid spending time in your bed during the day and only use it when you are ready to sleep. This way, your brain will start to associate your bed with sleep and you may find it easier to fall asleep quickly.
2. Prevent or Force a Sneeze
Sneezing can be disruptive, especially if it comes at an inopportune time. To prevent a sneeze, try pressing your tongue firmly against the back of your teeth with your mouth closed. If you need to force a sneeze, stare up into a bright light.
3. Stop “Brain Freeze” Fast
Brain freeze can be an intense and unpleasant sensation, especially after eating cold foods too quickly. To stop the pain, warm up the soft palate at the back of your mouth by pushing your tongue up against it.
4. Prevent Acid Reflux
Sleeping on your right side can cause acid reflux because your stomach is higher than your esophagus, which allows acid to reflux. Try sleeping on your left side to reduce nighttime discomfort.
5. Hold Your Breath Longer
Trick your body into thinking it has more oxygen by hyperventilating before holding your breath. This will give you more time before your brain starts to panic.
6. Remember Data and Solve Problems in Your Sleep
Reviewing information or a problem before going to bed can help your brain consolidate memories and come up with solutions.
7. Improve Your Hearing
Your right ear is better at picking up speech rhythms, while your left ear is better at picking up musical tones.
8. Reduce Toothache Pain
Holding an ice cube on the v-shaped area between your thumb and index finger on the back of your hand can reduce toothache pain by up to 50%.
9. Reduce Side Pain when Running
Most runners exhale when their right foot strikes the ground, which can put pressure on the liver and cause side stitches. Try exhaling when your left foot strikes the ground instead.
10. Improve Your Long Distance Vision
Staring at a computer screen for long periods of time can cause nearsightedness. To combat this, periodically close your eyes, take a deep breath, and flex your major muscle groups.
11. Wake a Sleeping Limb
Rock your head from side to side to reduce tension in your neck and help revive an arm that has fallen asleep. For a leg that has fallen asleep, take a walk.
12. Scratch The Itch in Your Throat
To relieve an itch in your throat, scratch your ear. The nerves of the ear can stimulate muscles in the throat, relieving the itch.
13. Hold Back Tears
To prevent tears from flowing, hold your eyes open without blinking. If you’re already crying, try looking up without tilting your head.
14. Clear Your Sinuses
Press the space between your eyebrows and alternate thrusting your tongue against the roof of your mouth to help clear your sinuses.
15. Avoid Blisters When You Burn Your Fingers
Instead of using ice, apply pressure against the palm of your uninjured hand to prevent burned skin from blistering.
16. Prevent a Yawn
Touch the tip of your tongue as your mouth opens to stop a yawn dead in its tracks.
17. Get Rid of the Hiccups
Hold your breath as long as possible, then exhale slowly to cure a bout of hiccups.
18. Suppress your Gag Reflex
Suppress your gag reflex by gripping your thumb firmly within your closed fist.
19. Increase your Memory with Cinnamon
Cinnamon can improve both your memory and cognition. Keep a few cinnamon sticks in a cotton sachet by your desk and take a deep whiff whenever you need a quick mental pick-me-up.
20. Keep Yourself Awake (Without Caffeine)
Exposure to blue light can keep you awake more effectively than any other color. So, try looking at the blue sky whenever you need to stay alert.
Incorporating these 20 tips into your daily routine can help you master your body and achieve more control over your physical functions. With a little practice, you’ll be able to prevent sneezes, improve your hearing, reduce toothache pain, and overcome many other bodily challenges. So, get started today and begin mastering your body!