10 Surprising Facts About Your Nose
It’s the most prominent feature on the face and considered one of the most versatile organs in the body. It comes in all shapes and sizes, and performs the most critical life function: breathing.
Yes, we’re talking about the nose. Smell is the most powerful human sense, which means it’s important to keep your nose in good shape and functioning at its best.
Here are 10 facts about your nose that may surprise you:
- Nasal membrane color is a sign of how healthy you are.
Every color means something different. For example, pink is healthy, red indicates there’s an infection, and gray is a sign that you have allergies. What does your nose say about you?
- The average sneeze can send 100,000 germs into the air at speeds of 100 miles per hour.
It’s true! (according to a study at the University of Bristol) This is why it’s important to cover your mouth if you cough or sneeze. It’s the fastest way to spread germs and infection.
- 80% of what you taste is based on what you smell.
Ever been sick with a stuffy nose and couldn’t taste anything? Mystery solved! Smell and taste are directly connected.
- 45% of men and 25% of women snore regularly.
- The part of the brain that processes smell is up to 50% larger in women.
Studies show a sex-related difference in the number of cells in the olfactory region.
- There are 14 nose shapes.
Scientists have classified many different types. What’s your shape?
- Smell is the only sense connected to the part of the brain that processes memory and emotion.
Have you ever stood next to a stranger, smelled his cologne and it took you straight back to your ex-boyfriend? Or walked into someone’s house and smelt something cooking that reminded you of good times baking at your grandmother’s house? This is because smell is tied to memory and emotion.
- The inside of your nose can reveal time of death.
Yes, a bit morbid, but interesting. Nasal cilia moves up to 20 hours post-mortem. Feel free to share that fun fact with your friends the next time you watch a crime drama.
- If you have difficulty breathing through your nose, it can cause higher levels of stress and insomnia.
James Nestor, journalist and author of Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, participated in a study where his nose was plugged for 10 days and he was forced to breathe out of his mouth.
Within three days, he went from snoring a few minutes each night to four hours each night. "I developed sleep apnea. My stress levels were off the charts. My nervous system was a mess. ... I felt awful," Nestor says.
The researchers suggested "consciously listen[ing] to yourself and feel[ing] how breath is affecting you." Nester explains that "slow and low" nostril breathing can help reduce stress and blood pressure.
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- It’s impossible to sneeze in your sleep.
This is due to the fact the nerves that cause sneezing are also for sleeping.
And another fun fact about sneezes: the reason people say “bless you” after you sneeze is not because your heart stops – that’s a widely perpetuated myth. It’s dates back to ancient times when people believed that sneezing allowed evil spirits to enter your body. So, people said “God bless you” for protection.
There’s more to the nose than meets the eye!
Remember to breathe through and take care of your nose for optimal health and well-being.