Barry SCHWARTZ (Barijo ŜVARC) (chemoelectric) wrote,

It makes sense

When I was sitting at the ballpark, it occurred to me why it might be that restoring breathing seems to require first getting the head as high as possible, after breathing has been shut down due to stuff you shouldn’t have eaten before bed not wanting to stay down. This makes perfect sense as a reaction to drowning – that the organism will not start breathing again, whether you like it or not, until the head is raised in an attempt to get it above water. If you could voluntarily breathe while your head was still below water, that wouldn’t work too well.

Taking this into account, it probably isn’t even necessary to have the head below the legs to torture with water to the face, although it surely helps. Just having your head pretty low and being held down would, I predict, suffice.
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