Do you ever catch yourself taking a deep sigh throughout the day? Well according to experts, the average person sighs at least once every five minutes. Is there a concrete reason for why signing is such a regular part of our lives? Actually, there are a few reasons for this deep breath…
Sighing Involuntarily Keeps You Alive
Inside of the lungs are millions of alveoli, which have the job of oxygenating your blood. After a few minutes, these alveoli will begin to collapse. If all of your lungs’ alveoli were to collapse, no oxygen would make it to your blood stream — thus killing you. Fortunately for all of us, the body will force itself to sigh every so often to reinflate the collapsed alveoli; keeping you breathing!
Sighing Happens More When You’re Stressed
According to a reason study, rats and mice that were injected with stress hormones and chemicals sighed ten times more than normal. It’s believed that the body is trying to combat the effects of stress with increased, measured, and deeper breaths. Sighing is essentially your body’s way of trying to get you to calm down after you emotionally lose it.
Sighing Puts an Emotion to Rest
Multiple studies have found that sighing can occur when a person mentally decides to let something go. Whether a person decides to move on from a person they like, a false hope, or something as simple as an unsolved math equation, a long sigh can usually occur. This sigh figuratively signifies that whichever emotion you’re experiencing is finally being put to rest.
The act of sighing doesn’t happen for one single reason, it actually happens for multiple reasons. For other useful tips and information, visit our blog! If you’re interested in learning more, or visiting The Arbors Assisted Living community, schedule a tour by contacting one of our five convenient locations: