Why is it that when you’ve got a bad cough you’re forced to cough almost every minute, but when you fall asleep you don’t have the urge to do so?

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Why is it that when you’ve got a bad cough you’re forced to cough almost every minute, but when you fall asleep you don’t have the urge to do so?

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The body actually paralyzes you so when youre running or doing something in your dream you dont actually do it in real life and hurt yourself. Same thing is applied to when you cough. The body suppresses the physical aspect of it but reminds you of the mental aspect of it if that makes sense.

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Some cough syrups include codeine because opiates depress certain functions of your central nervous system. (Which in some ways mimics sleep states) One of the original commercial uses for heroin was as a cough suppressant.

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you do. your brain doesnt let you. when u sleep, autonomic functions are ok, like breathing and eye movement. all other functions cease.