Breathing is one of the most universal and habitual practices that humans do. Most of the time, we don’t even think about it. Our lungs allow us to breathe in air and provide much needed oxygen to the rest of the body. This is an amazing process that keeps us going every day! But chances are you haven’t heard of some of these breathing facts!
Who Knew These Breathing Facts?
Who laughs more: adults or children? How fast does a sneeze travel? Can our lungs float on water? Who was the first person to study the human respiratory system? What is the connection between our lungs and a tennis court? Here are some bizarre and interesting breathing facts!
- The average person breathes in the equivalent of 6 litres of air every minute. In an 8 hour shift this is approx 3000 litres…how clean do you want the air. At OSHA standard for oil mist of 5 mg/m³, this is 15 mg/day of oil that can enter your lungs.
- Children laugh about 300 times a day. Adults laugh about 15 to 100 times a day. Laughter is the best medicine, may have some truth. It helps to boost the immune system.
- The lungs are the only organs in the human body to float on water.
- In 1243, the Arab physician Ibn al-Nafis became the first person ever to describe the breathing process.
- If the lungs were open flat, they would cover the entire size of a tennis court!
- Breathing has very little to do with oxygen. Air has 21 percent oxygen and the body only needs 5 percent. The rest comes from carbon dioxide.
- Seventy percent of waste is eliminated through your lungs just by breathing.
- Guinness World Records lists that Charles Osborne of Anthon, Iowa as record holder for hiccupping for 68 years!
- The breathing rate is faster in children and women than in men.
- The human sneeze can take place at 10 mph.
- Humans exhale up to 17.5 milliliters of water per hour.
- In human beings, the right lung is larger than the left lung to accommodate the heart.