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Ever Feel Like You're Falling As You Drift To Sleep? Here Are 9 Behaviors Explained

NOVEMBER 24, 2016  —  By Sarah Gzemski  
Sarah Gzemski

Sarah Gzemski

Animal and pizza lover with an Internet addiction. Nerd to the max. Currently residing in Arizona, the land of beautiful winters.

The human body is a mysterious thing.

We do things all the time like yawning, sneezing, and stretching, without even thinking about them. Even if we don't take the time to wonder why, scientists do. They spend their time studying the body and its many behaviors, and they have answers to some of the most common questions. Here's what happening when your body starts doing its own thing.

1. Yawning

When your brain gets too hot or overwhelmed, yawning helps keep it calm, cool, and collected.

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2. Sneezing

Sneezing lets your body eject dust, irritants, and other microbes that it doesn't want hanging around.

3. Stretching

Your body knows you have important things to do, so it urges you to stretch to create blood flow and prepare it for everyday stresses. It also helps improve your mood!

4. Hiccuping

Hiccups happen when your pneumogastric nerve is irritated. This can happen from eating too quickly, overeating, or swallowing big pieces of food.

5. Myoclonic Jerking

If you don't know this term, it refers to when you go to sleep but feel shock and jolted awake. This could be because your brain thinks your slow breathing is the beginning stages of death, so it tries to make sure you're okay.

6. Skin Pruning

Pruning happens when your body feels increased moisture. The reaction occurs so you will be able to hold onto smooth surfaces more easily.

7. Losing Memory

Your mind has the ability to delete incredibly traumatic events to spare you pain.

8. Getting Goosebumps

Goosebumps fill our pores to better protect us against the cold and keep our bodies warm.

9. Tearing Up

Tears protect the eye, much like sneezing does for the nose, when dust or particles enter. Tears are also irritants that are supposed to distract us from emotionally difficult situations.

(via Bright Side)

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I didn't know so many of these. Our bodies are always trying to protect us in the most amazing ways.

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