have you ever had the hiccups while you were trying to fall asleep? gross. i usually get the hiccups if i eat too much, but this afternoon at work, i randomly got them. try to make a business call when you have the hiccups. luckily, the man was nice and only kind of laughed at me and my problem. i tried a few little tricks at work to try to get them to go away...and finally this drinking water thing worked. but i sat there still feeling like i needed to hiccup, but couldn't. i don't know what feeling is worse.
tonight i climbed into bed and after laying there for a second started up with round two of the hiccups. what? i couldn't stand it, so i googled. ready for what worked???
The 30 Seconds Cure
(Taken from: http://www.cognitial.com/hiccups.asp )
Start by inhaling through your mouth until your lungs feel full (when it feels like you cannot inhale any more). For overall best results, try to do this as quickly as you can. DO NOT LET ANY AIR OUT.
Swallow. You are not really swallowing anything but it seems thatwithout this act, it doesn’t work. DO NOT LET ANY AIR OUT.
Now inhale some more. You don’t need to inhale a lot, but do get some more air in. It will start to get difficult to do this as you go, but keep trying. You obviously can’t suck in as much air as you did initially, but just a little will do (think of it as taking a “sip” of air). DO NOT LET ANY AIR OUT.
Swallow again. This too will start to get difficult as you go. DO NOT LET ANY AIR OUT.
Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you cannot swallow again. While it seems you can almost always suck in just a little more air, it is the swallowing that gets to be impossible. When you feel like you cannot swallow again, swallow again anyway. It will be hard to do, your face will probably turn red, and you may make squeaking sounds. But you CAN swallow one last time. By this time, your lungs should also be quite full and it should be difficult to get much more air in as well. While you should try not to let any air out, if you have really repeated steps 3 and 4 as many times as you can, you probably will end up letting a little out before you can take that last swallow. If you find that air keeps escaping out of your nose even early in the process, try squeezing it shut with your fingers.
sounds intense, right? it was.
i wish i would have seen this one first. i love prescribed sugar:
Take a spoon and fill it with sugar, hold in your mouth for five seconds. Swallow. Take a sip of water. This is the simplest of all methods.
You can substitute straight sugar with extremely sweet candy like Skittles. You can also try a small bag of Chocolate M&Ms, chew a whole handful at one time and swallow them all together. Be careful to avoid choking. You can also try honey. It tastes better to some people, and some say it's healthier since it's more natural.
and let's be serious. this was posted as a tip on this site. i would have never thought of pressing on my eyeballs to relieve hiccups...but obviously someone has, hence the warning. poor unfortunate soul... (please start singing the rest of that song from little mermaid. thank you.)
Do not press on your eyeballs to relieve hiccups. You could damage your eye by pressing too hard and/or cause yourself to pass out through stimulation of your vagus nerve.
what's most important is that i've been healed. hiccup free.