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Mysteries Of The Human Body

Discover and Learn The Cause of Common Human Body Medical Mystery

The human body is one of the most incredible organisms in the known universe, that awesomeness carries some pretty weird and hard-to-explain baggage.

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The topic of many dinner parties and social gatherings, these body mysteries often draw a little laugh and then get left unexplained.

So what are the top 5 body mysteries we managed to uncover?

  1. Falling in Your Sleep
  2. Shivering After You Pee
  3. Dark Hairs on Your Tongue
  4. Tonsil Stones
  5. Priapism

1. Falling In Your Sleep (The Hypnic Jerk)

The falling sensation or sudden jolt you sometimes feel just as you’re falling asleep is scientifically known as a hypnagogic myoclonic twitch. It’s a common phenomenon that studies estimate approx 70 percent of you have experienced.

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The intensity of these muscle spasms ranges. Some may be light enough to be misinterpreted as a dream others can be so jarring, they physically shake you awake.

We know that the likelihood of experiencing a hypnagogic myoclonic twitch is increased if a person is exhausted or is sleeping in an uncomfortable position.

However experts can’t agree on what causes it. Most researchers feel that when the muscles begin to relax in preparation for sleep, the brain senses and misinterprets these relaxation signals, and assumes the body is falling.

A good example; imagine you’re leaning back in your chair until you are just about to topple over. When gravity begins to take hold, your body suddenly enters that frenzied state of no return and you begin to ‘jerk’ in an effort counteract this sensation and regain your balance.

This sensation is so physically comparable that the brain analyzes the two situations in the same way.

2. Pee Shivers (Post-Micturition Convulsion Syndrome)

Commonly known as the ‘Pee Shakes’ (or a few other ‘adult’ terms which we will leave to the imagination) this is another common phenomenon that refers to the tingling sensation in the spine
sometimes felt when we pee, which can result in an involuntary twitch.

pee shivers aka post micturition convulsion syndrome Mysteries Of The Human Body

Aptly named because the shaking is similar to the prolonged shivering experiences when very cold, however some report that it feels like a small orgasm.

For some reason researchers have been rather reluctant to carry out studies on this topic so unfortunately we don’t know much about this body mystery.

Researcher’s best explanation so far is that the rapid release of warm fluid lowers the body’s overall temperature, causing you it to react the same way you would in a cold breeze.

An estimated 83 percent of males say they’ve experienced this, compared to only 58 percent of female population. Some researchers think that this may be related to the standing vs. sitting position we assume when we use the toilet.

3. Black Hairy Tongue

The appearance of dark hairs on the surface of the tongue may seem unbelievable but this condition is in fact true.

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The mouth is teeming with millions of bacteria; the hairy tongue is an overgrowth of these bacteria, and sometimes yeasts that are present.

When the finger-like projections from the surface of the tongue known as papilla’s become awash in this bacterial stew, it can cause them to cease shedding properly. They begin to grow longer, creating more surface area for the bacteria to attach too; eventually they turn into what appears to be little black hairs.

As astounding as it may seem this horrendous affliction offers no immediate threat to your health, although black hairy tongue is associated with intravenous drug use or those who are HIV positive, so it could suggest other underlying problems.

To help combat this condition you can try can brushing your tongue twice a day and rinsing your mouth with diluted hydrogen peroxide (one part peroxide to five parts water).

To help prevent the problem cut down on drinking coffee and smoking and make sure you brush your teeth regularly.

4. Tonsil Stones (Tonsiloliths)

Tonsil Stones are hard, yellowish-white globules that form in the back of the throat and can become dislodged by coughing or sneezing. The smell of these small ‘stones’ is quite repulsive but for those adults who still have their tonsils, unfortunately it’s quite common.

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Tonsils stones start life as micro organisms that get stuck in the dimples of your tonsils known as tonsil crypts. When food particles get stuck in theses crypts they start to become covered in saliva, dead white blood cells and anaerobic bacteria.

Over time layers begin building and the stones begin to form. These strange throat pearls will remain until they become heavy enough to break free and are swallowed or expelled from the mouth.

The particles growth can cause slight discomfort and sometimes even mild pain. People often report that it feels like something lodged in the throat.

5. Priapism

Priapism is a condition in which the penis is unable to return to a flaccid state. The experience can be extremely painful but fortunately enough, priapism episodes are quite rare.

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The medical community is divided on how much time should constitute a case of priapism, but most have settled on six hours. It is suggested however, that one should seek medical advice after four hours.

Although not every facet of the disorder is known, scientists are sure all cases happen from injury or damage to the mechanism that produces detumescence (relaxation after an orgasm) of the penis.

Cases are more common in men who are suffering from other diseases, such as sickle cell anemia, that prevent blood from flowing back out of said boner.

In the past a pill called Cialis was prescribed to men with erectile dysfunction. Unfortunately the side effects of Cialis are responsible for the second most common group to suffer from priapism.

Aside from the aforementioned blood disease and Cialis overdose, priapism can be caused by some sort of trauma-like spinal damage, drug/alcohol abuse, or even black widow spider bites.

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