Now is the prime time for cold and flues ! Did you know that a sneeze helps spread disease and viruses ? Did you also know .....
A sneeze (or sternutation) is to expel air forcibly from the mouth and nose in an explosive, spasmodic involuntary action resulting chiefly from irritation of the nasal mucous membrane or confusion.. Sneezing is possibly linked tosudden exposure to bright light, sudden change (fall) in temperature, breeze of cold air, mental disorientation or confusion, a particularly full stomach, or viral infection, and can lead to the spread of disease.
Sneezing cannot occur during sleep due to REM atonia - a bodily state wherein motor neurons are not stimulated and reflex signals are not relayed to the brain. Sufficient external stimulants, however, may cause a person to wake from their sleep for the purpose of sneezing, although any sneezing occurring afterwards would take place with a partially awake status at minimum.
The sneeze reflex involves contraction of a number of different muscles and muscle groups throughout the body, typically including the eyelids. The common suggestion that it is impossible to sneeze with one's eyes open is, however, inaccurate.
The common verbal response to another person's sneeze is "(God) bless you" or in the United States the much less common "Gesundheit" (the German word for "health"). There are several proposed origins for the use "bless you" in the context of sneezing:
Some say it came into use during the plague pandemics of the 14th century. Blessing the individual after showing such a symptom was thought to prevent possible impending death due to the lethal disease
In Renaissance times a superstition was formed claiming one'sheart stopped for a very brief moment during the sneeze, saying bless you was a sign of prayer that the heart wouldn't fail.
It has also been stated that one says "(God) bless you" so that one does not catch the flu, cold, or any other forms of sickness.
Common English onomatopoeias for the sneeze sound are hachoo, achoo, atchoo, achew and atishoo, with the first syllable corresponding to the initial inhaling of air, and the last to the sound of the sneeze.
Achew ! Bless you ! Your welcome !