Popular Science

Is it possible to sneeze while you are sleeping?

We might be too deep in our slumber to do so.
Woman sleeping outdoors

A sneeze-free snooze.

Gerhard Bögner

Have you ever sneezed so loudly in the middle of the night that you've woken yourself up? Think about it. The answer is likely no. In fact, many sleep researchers and neuroscientists think it's essentially impossible to sneeze while you sleep.

First, a caveat. To date, there doesn't seem to be any published studies that questioned whether we sneeze during our sleep. Instead, physiologists and sleep researchers have attempted to answer this question based on our current understanding of how

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from Popular Science

Popular Science2 min read
Home Security Cameras That Offer Peace Of Mind (and Perhaps The Occasional Raccoon Footage)
Camera technology is getting smaller, cheaper, and more intuitive to set up and use, meaning peace of mind around has become simpler to achieve. So why not? Here are some easy-to-install, effective home security cameras that will help you sleep a lit
Popular Science4 min readScience
Unlocking The Mysterious Ecstasy Of ASMR—and Its Agonizing Cousin
ASMR is an internet-fueled phenomenon that produces almost-orgasmic shivers of pleasure in response to sound, while misphonia triggers negative reactions so intense it can ruin lives. Scientists are now realizing they have a lot in common.
Popular Science5 min read
The Fire ‘Time Bomb’ Is Finally Detonating On The World
Forestry management is a complicated, controversial, and region-specific art, especially as the stakes become higher as human-driven climate crises worsen. Warming temperatures create a higher risk of drought in many areas of the world, which means t