DETROIT – Have you ever wondered why you get the hiccups?
Do hiccups serve a higher purpose? A new study suggests the annoying issue could play a crucial role in our development.
Hiccups are believed to be a primitive reflex between the brain and our diaphragm that ultimately causes a spasm of the diaphragm. That characteristic sound may be annoying but it’s also important.
The reason you get the hiccups might go back to when you were a baby. A new study found that hiccuping triggered three brainwaves. Researchers believe the third brainwave allows babies to link the “hic” sound of the hiccup to the physical contraction they feel. The study indicates that the brain activity might help babies learn how to monitor breathing muscles.