There are many believed myths about sneezing around the world. One common myth is that our heart stops when you sneeze. But that’s not true your heart only stops beating due to cardiac arrest.

Sneezing is a way of your body to clear your nose with any pollutants. It is like refreshing your computer. Moreover, it removes any contaminated substances from the nose making a clear way to inhale oxygen.

Does your Heart Stop When you Sneeze

Sneezing is not an illness neither its harmful. It is common, hence research and many observed experiences are famous.

Why Do We Sneeze?

A sneeze can be caused by many reasons due to dust, pollen, or any illness. Yet some common causes of sneezing are:


Viral infections of the respiratory system cause cold. But colds are not serious.


Allergy is caused due to inflammation in nostrils. In response to allergy people sneeze, itch or cough.

Allergic sneeze

With time allergy gets worse. It is better to treat allergy at an early stage.


Ahhh the worst! Stuffy nose, headache, dizziness, body aches all are symptoms of flu. Prolonged flu is a serious problem. Consult a doctor as soon as possible.

REALLY? Does Your Heart Stop When you Sneeze!

No, Heart never stops beating when you sneeze. It is a MYTH that your heart stops beating. A tickling sensation begins before you sneeze. A message is sent to your brain to get rid of this sensation.

What happens actually is sneezing causes a change in breathing pressure hence the flow of blood fluctuates. Consequently, there is a slight change in your heartbeat.

What Do Doctors Say?

Dr. Richard Conti explains that when we sneeze it is not right to say that the heart doesn’t beat. A heartbeat after a delay is forceful and noticeable. Hence, it is more like a sensation of having the heart skips a beat.

How Your Body Responds When You Sneeze

  1. You inhale deeply before sneezing
  2. You suddenly exhale violently
  3. Your throat closes up
  4. People’s natural reflex is to close their eyes while they sneeze. Some people are capable of sneezing without closing their eyes.
  5. It feels like your body organs have stopped for a while. That is a MYTH.

MYTH – Heart Stops When you Sneeze!

Some more commonly believed myths and superstitions about sneeze are:

  • You can sneeze immediately after sex to prevent pregnancy.
  • Sneezing with open eyes will pop them out of your head.
  • Some might be talking behind your back.
  •  It is also believed that if you turn your head towards the right while sneezing it is Good luck. If you turned around left then it is a sign of bad luck.
  • In Poland it is believed sneezing is a sign of poor relations with your in-laws.


Some interesting facts are:

  • It is an automatic reflex that can not be stopped once started.
  • People do not sneeze when they are sleeping. It is because nerves involved in sneezing are also resting.
  • Most people sneeze when exposed to bright light.
  • People also sneeze when they are removing facial hair through threading.
  • Sneeze travel at a speed of 100 miles/hour.
  • The longest sneeze in world record was for 978 days once every minute in the beginning.
  • Holding sneeze can damage your hearing.

Responses from around the world!

People respond to sneeze by saying “God Bless you”. It was originated from Rome they believed that this prayer will protect them from certain death.

In German people say “Gesundheit” meaning “Health” used for wishing good health.

Zulu responds by saying: “I am now blessed”

Hindu says: ” Live with you”

Muslims response: “Alhumdulilah” that means ” Thanks to God”

When you sneeze heartbeat does not stop though there is a slight change or you can say a delay in the body system. Yet if you notice any abnormality in any organ of your body it is important to visit a nearby hospital.

Correct way to sneeze

Many superstitions are related to bad luck and negative vibes. In reality, these superstitions are not true at all. A sneeze is just a natural reflex of your body.

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