As a kid, I played out my naivetè pretty well but now as an adult, there are things I just needed to understand. These are the the superstitions being thrown on us to believe. We took it hook, line and sinker. We believed so much in paranormal activities intertwined with superstitions than common sense. I had to do some research and want to share with you.
- Twitching eye: Your left or right upper lid is twitching and that literally means good news right? Well, I’d really like that to be true since my eye’s been twitching for days. The reason I’m writing this article in the first place. But the truth is eye twitching can be out of general stress, especially stressing the eyes, lack of sleep and staring at computer screens for too long. Also nutritional imbalances, caffeine and allergies are known causes. When the eye muscles are tense, they cause the eye to twitch. How can one reduce this? If you spend so much time on the computer (phones,laptops,desktops etc), the rule to apply here is the 20/20/20 rule. Use the computer 20 mins at a time. After the first 20 mins, stare at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds to relax the eye muscles. Have enough sleep and try not to stress yourself. This tends to go away with time but if it is severe and frequent, try and see an eye doctor.
- ‘Chekeleke’: Also known as the Egret, is a bird that flies and makes Nigerian kids go, “chekeleke give me one finger..chekeleke give me two fingers..three..four..”, flapping our fingers frantically to the rhythm of the song believing we would have white marks on our nails. While such Naivety was sweet , the truth is we probably had Leukonychia. Also known as white nails or milk spots. It is a medical term for white discoloration appearing on nails. It is derived from the Greek words leuko (“white”) and onux (“nail”). The most common cause is injury to the base of the nail (the matrix) where the nail is formed. It is harmless and most commonly caused by minor injuries, such as nail biting, that occur while the nail is growing.
- Itching Palm: It is believed (not only in Nigeria) that an itchy left palm means spending money. And an itchy right palm means receiving money. While it feels good to agree with the latter especially when you are broke, the real truth is you could be suffering from Carpal Tunnel syndrome. Median nerve compression can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. The condition occurs due to too much writing, typing and other activities which require the use of hands and fingers. If it is truly Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, then there will be Pain with numbing itchiness of the palm. Medications and surgical procedures are common treatment options for carpal tunnel syndrome. Other causes of itchy palms can be food allergies, Eczema and some daggon’ Clinical explanations I don’t need to share here.
- Unexplained scratch marks: Or is it self inflicted during sleep? There are three things that explains these marks. Either you are a rough sleeper and you scratch yourself without knowing it or you have skin allergies (This requires a lengthy clinical explanation). Yes, even your short nails can cause a scratch in rough sleep. There’s also a high chance to be scratched by quills of feathers, if you use feather filled pillows. Research suggests that If you still doubt this, it’s recommended for you to video tape your own sleep session. To your surprise, you are the ‘winch’ scratching you.
- ‘Pressure man’: Or is it Sleep Paralysis? So before you run to your Pastor and have series of earth quaking deliverance sessions because of a ‘man pressing you at night’ and preventing you from shouting “Jesus”, you only say “Jee-Jee-Jee-Jee”, lol, you might need to read this first. Sleep Paralysis (SP) is a common medical condition. The symptoms can sometimes include complete to partial paralysis of arms, legs and upper torso, a tight or heavy pressure on your chest sometimes with a choking sensation and almost always experienced as you are about to fall into sleep or just come out of sleep. The most remarkable symptoms of SP are the accompanying audio and/or visual hallucinations often causing extreme terror and panic in it’s sufferers, who more often than not mistakenly believe they are being visited by aliens or evil spirits. Research shows that SP is linked with REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. When in REM sleep you are usually dreaming, your body does not act out your dreams as you will hurt either yourself, or someone else, so evolution has worked its merry little way of getting your brain to switch off your muscles (so to speak) and relax you while dreaming, essentially paralyzing you to a degree. The cause for a state of SP is when your mind wakes up, usually still in a semi-REM state, but your body is still relaxed and semi paralyzed, sometimes bringing on a horrifying sensation of being paralyzed while still in a semi-dream state yet awake. The consequences of this state are usually nothing short of terrifying to individuals with their dreams suddenly becoming reality as they are trapped in an inbetween state of consciousness. The usual result is panic to try to release oneself while sleep creeps around your brain like a slow fog trying to drag you back down to it’s depths again.
So Ladies and Gentlemen. These are the 5 myths I can remember that ruled our thinking. Some people still believe these myths are the real deal. They say Ignorance is bliss but knowledge is power. Have a great week ahead!!!
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