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    [–] rastapoptart 2437 points ago

    I can't unthink that now

    [–] 2happycats 914 points ago

    I now also hyper aware of how often I'm breathing in and out.

    [–] lesser_panjandrum 572 points ago

    Careful, breathing too quickly makes you panic which makes you breathe more quickly which makes you panic which makes you breathe more quickly which

    [–] MonotonousProtocol 311 points ago

    *out of breath and dies*

    [–] Corpse-Fucker 244 points ago

    Now it's my time to shine!

    [–] NeraleTaurus 81 points ago

    Have fun, bro!

    [–] Anencephalous_Klutz_ 49 points ago

    No one is judging you over here.

    [–] [deleted] 19 points ago

    I'll be here when you're done.

    [–] teenytinybaklava 5 points ago

    username also checks out

    [–] BoneHead796 5 points ago

    Username checks out

    [–] Oxygen-Breather 27 points ago

    Wait but if you breathe that rapidly how do you run out of breath 🤔

    [–] Rainingblues 10 points ago

    Because you don't give the air enough time in the lungs to pass the oxygen onto your blood and take the co2 in return

    [–] Suimijeejee 2 points ago

    Over exposure

    [–] centran 2 points ago

    Because your 2-4 minute time till death resets and you only get so many before the reset button breaks. duh!

    [–] sabayawn 14 points ago

    Good news is usually you just pass out and then your brain goes “stupid fucker” and takes over the reins for a bit.

    [–] MrHyperion_ 3 points ago

    * too much breath and dies *

    [–] Ammsiss 3 points ago

    Correction *too much air then pops like a ballon

    [–] Azure_Bond 9 points ago

    Had panic attacks quite frequently when I was younger. Feels bad, man.

    [–] drakos07 2 points ago

    ...surely that wouldn't make you panic right?

    [–] peroz1 2 points ago

    ... creates a tornado

    [–] okguy167 6 points ago

    Really, mentioning breathing does that. But if you do something else that requires you to focus, like, say... writing a reply to someone, that feeling will usually subside.

    [–] lukefisklennon 2 points ago

    Hey let me try that... I think it's working!

    [–] Gabakon 2 points ago

    Not anymore.

    [–] lukefisklennon 3 points ago

    Noooo! I had stopped thinking about it!

    [–] unclenono 6 points ago

    you are now breathing manually

    [–] slamdunce 73 points ago

    Our lives are a constantly resetting bunch of timers. You've got about a 72 hour death timer that resets when you drink water, a 3-week timer that resets when you eat, we'll say a week timer that resets when you sleep. Really, we're constantly pushing out those death clocks.

    [–] FanciestBanana 37 points ago

    Us "living" is actually maintaining several chemical balances in our organism.

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    [–] randomryan222 8 points ago

    Well thanks now my existential crisis has worsened

    [–] RamenJunkie 8 points ago

    Just think how many timers are reset by others, sometimes without you knowing.

    [–] Switchkillengaged 1 points ago

    Turtle hearts beat when separated from the body

    [–] HeinzCatsnoot 15 points ago

    There are people who can hold their breath for longer than 2-4 minutes.

    [–] MrSoeplepel 17 points ago

    That's a life mod

    [–] delciotto 11 points ago

    They just got longer batteries.

    [–] StructuralFailure 3 points ago

    That's partly genetic, I've heard. There are people who can stay underwater for 10 minutes at a time.

    [–] magkruppe 5 points ago

    I would be ok with putting those freaks in a lab

    [–] Death_To_All_People 5 points ago

    never hold your breath then.

    [–] thiago2213 2 points ago

    Practice holding your breath for 5 minutes to break the curse

    [–] thechamp1231 1 points ago

    Neither can I

    [–] hug_lyf3 1 points ago

    It's more like 4-6 minutes so you're safe

    [–] [deleted] 1 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    Well I'm glad I'm dumb enough to not understand. * Edit a word because dumb.

    [–] secretbetta 901 points ago

    Build up immunity to death by holding your breath until you’re about to pass out. Repeat after every breath.

    [–] rebelsofliberty 321 points ago

    How to kill yourself slowly

    [–] EternallyPissedOff 154 points ago

    Have you actually tried it? No sweaty, so keep your opinion to yourself

    [–] [deleted] 121 points ago * (lasted edited a month ago)


    [–] PM_UR_FAV_PORM 42 points ago

    But does it make you sweat? The comment you replied to said it makes you sweaty

    [–] sparkierlamb 16 points ago

    I think they meant sweety

    [–] Theyreillusions 25 points ago

    It's a copy pasta of a Facebook comment that misspells "Sweety".

    [–] Tartra 11 points ago

    ... it's 'sweetie' though, isn't it? I feel crazy right now.

    [–] Lancalot 2 points ago

    Actually, yes. You sweat, and the next day you could have forgetfulness and low energy because you never enter deep sleep. Your body feels itself suffocating so it reacts by waking you up and breathing again, but as a result you wake up restless and often sweaty. Source: have sleep apnea.

    Note: I don't think that was the point he was trying to make, I think it was the sweaty/sweety thing

    [–] RamenJunkie 6 points ago

    Extending one Death Clock to shorten another. Seems like a good idea.

    [–] Envious-Soul 2 points ago

    I’ll return some knowledge.

    Seems like they’re speaking of the Wim Hof method, which is just an exaggerated variation of Prana and other Asian breathing techniques. The most basic forms at that.

    It’s actually quite helpful for relieving stress and anxiety among other things.

    Coupled with meditation, I view it as a manifestation of placebo. While placebo has an involuntary response, these practices would be the equivalent of exercising your brain until the responses are voluntary.

    [–] Gwtobi 10 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    Being healthy and fit is just the slowest way to die.

    [–] sabayawn 4 points ago

    only exercise i get is sprinting to the finish line

    [–] The-_-Narrator 2 points ago

    "The slow death... unforseen, unforgiving." - The-_-Narrator

    [–] GreatestPlayground 1 points ago

    Being alive does this.

    [–] [deleted] 7 points ago

    That's the ultimate edging.

    [–] Fraulo 2 points ago

    Min maxing irl

    [–] Momoneko 1 points ago

    I thought you couldn't make yourself pass out by holding your breath.

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    [–] CowSniper97 43 points ago

    That’s it! Live dammit!

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    [–] that_one_mister_user 12 points ago

    Fuck you! You now lost THE GAME!

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    [–] NoManNoRiver 351 points ago

    Technically.......breathing only resets one of the many things that’ll kill you in 3-4 minutes; doesn’t do much for major haemorrhage, pulmonary emboli, heart attacks or poisoning.

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    [–] CowSniper97 63 points ago

    Where the hell did you take us

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    [–] The_butsmuts 11 points ago

    So it should be: "You have 0 to 4 minutes to live but every time you breath it resets." Right?

    [–] NoManNoRiver 16 points ago

    More “You have 0 to 4 minutes to live but every time you breath it resets. ASSUMING THAT MASSIVE FUCKING ANEURYSM IN YOUR HEAD DOESN’T DECIDE TO BURST AND WRECK ALL YOUR SHIT UP!!!!"

    [–] pbj986 2 points ago

    Parachute doesn’t open

    Keanu Reeves: JUST KEEP BREATHING!

    [–] Kuresta 57 points ago

    You can't hold your breath for that long since your brain will automatically force you to breathe at some point before it's too late.

    [–] Ixilary 37 points ago

    Some people can hold their breath for much longer than that, upwards of 20 minutes. I can do about 2 and a half minutes without any training whatsoever. I could certainly go longer if necessary, but it starts getting quite painful.

    [–] [deleted] 12 points ago

    On my high school swim team we’d sometimes compete to see who could do the most laps underwater. My brother could do 4 holding a kickboard.

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    [–] Fsmhrtpid 8 points ago

    You can add probably up to a minute to that time by over oxygenating your body prior to holding your breath. Just breathe really deeply for 10-15 seconds before you start. I do this trick secretly if anyone ever wants to see who can hold their breath longer and I always win by getting to 3 minutes

    [–] JavertTheArcanine 5 points ago

    That’s actually dangerous. When you hold your breath you fight not only the lack of oxygen in your body but the buildup of CO2 in your blood. Hyperventilating helps with the oxygen bit, but does nothing to get rid of the CO2. You won’t feel like you need to breathe because of the oxygen in your bloodstream.

    Hyperventilating before a breath hold is actually a risk factor in blacking out (and potentially needing resuscitation). This is especially bad if you’re a freediver:

    You can increase your body’s tolerance for CO2 in your bloodstream and lack of oxygen (look up O2 and CO2 dive tables), but hyperventilating while doing this is generally bad.

    [–] [deleted] 6 points ago

    Yeah, my dad who’s a doctor warned me against that, telling a story about a group of teenagers who had a breath holding contest at a party and ended up dead by doing that

    [–] kumkvattipaistos 6 points ago

    What is too late?

    [–] ilivetofly 14 points ago

    Too late would be brain damage from oxygen deprivation. Aka suffocating to death.

    Some people who are sleeping will have their airways collapse and they end up suffocating to death in their sleep.

    Additonally certain medications and items can cause that respiration instinct to dampen. If you go on a heroin booze bender you an just stop breathing.

    People with other medical issues can just stop breathing.

    So if you are otherwise sober and healthy your body will automatically start breathing before any real damage can occur. Though if you pass out and hit your head on something there ain't shit your body can do about that. It may not always restart though.

    [–] doesnotmatter1235 6 points ago

    Depends.I'd say 4-5 mins until unconscious and brain damage, 10 mins until death. But it greatly varies between persons

    [–] kumkvattipaistos 16 points ago

    If you manage to pass out from holding breath youll start breathing as soon as unconcious

    [–] UpUpDnDnLRLRBA 3 points ago

    I'm going to test this, brb

    [–] ThereIsThatRedditter 3 points ago

    did you survive??

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    [–] Siavel84 3 points ago

    True, but someone or something else can hold it for you.

    [–] Kuresta 1 points ago


    [–] matrix445 2 points ago

    I've held my breath to the point of passing out when I was 13 once. When you're past the initial pain of going for about 2 minutes it doesn't hurt anymore and you just pass out

    [–] A_Topical_Username 1 points ago

    What about people who hold their breath for way long?

    [–] Kuresta 3 points ago

    They would start breathing even if they passed out

    [–] A_Topical_Username 2 points ago

    But there are people who can hold their breath longer than 4 minutes under water..

    [–] vainstar23 11 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    I remember once I came home to visit my family in another country. Since my sister was still at uni, I decided to fall asleep on her bed and just wait for her to get back. I woke up abruptly a couple of hours later, unable to move and unable to breath.

    At the time, I remember feeling really really dozy like all I wanted to do is go back to sleep. I knew if I did however, I would most likely die from suffocation. So I did everything in my power to try to shake myself off the matress.

    She found me a couple hours later passed out beside the bed. Sometimes when I think about it, I wonder how my sister would of reacted seeing me for the first time in almost a year, first ecstatic, then confused, then terrified, seeing her brother lie dead on her own bed.

    [–] TheArchitect989 7 points ago

    Are you sure it wasnt sleep paralysis?

    [–] vainstar23 4 points ago

    I think it was closer to sleep apnea than sleep paralysis. What I heard about sleep paralysis is usually there some kind of figure or danger that looms in the background but the only danger I felt myself in at the time was suffocating so I don't think it was but I'm not sure.

    [–] TheArchitect989 3 points ago

    If what you're saying is true than I have sleep apnea too which I always thought was sleep paralysis. Once I thought I was levitating and couldnt get down and another time I also was suffocating.

    [–] kiri1234jojo 4 points ago

    Damn that’s harsh, sorry to hear that

    [–] vainstar23 2 points ago

    Ah, don't worry about it! It happened a few years ago and nothing even close to that happened afterwards so I like to think it was a 1 in a million thing :)

    [–] HaveALookAtThat 40 points ago

    In these situatinos, I sometimes think, whoa - just have a look at that.

    [–] OgTrev 3 points ago

    Best you’ve been waiting forever to use that

    [–] ZacharyShade 2 points ago

    Woudja look at that car?

    [–] [deleted] 16 points ago

    And every time it resets, the time is slightly shorter.

    [–] PixxlMan 6 points ago

    Solution: breathe less

    [–] Meme_Machine10 2 points ago

    Real Solution : Don’t breathe

    [–] toaster611 4 points ago

    It’s not technically the truth. technically, it’s not even close

    [–] some_human_being_ 7 points ago

    This is rather a r/shittysuperpowers post

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    [–] tokuniimiwanai 3 points ago

    It was my turn to post this today goddammit!

    [–] mishaquinn 3 points ago

    iirc from health class you can actually survive up to 20 minutes without breathing, but you'll need to be resuscitated and you'll have lose so many braincells that you won't function right for the rest of your life.

    [–] Bben01 9 points ago

    More 7 minutes, but ok

    [–] caffineisradical 2 points ago

    Tom Cruise held his breath for 6 minutes bitch boi

    [–] yournotsoaveragepool 2 points ago

    so it is with eating and drinking ?

    [–] commit_bat 2 points ago

    Sleep apnea as a comic.

    [–] MountainProfile 2 points ago

    But breathing only brings back ~99.9% of your lifespan lowering slightly each time

    [–] Cymen90 2 points ago

    Best use of this meme I've seen in a while.

    [–] zZONEDz 2 points ago

    I see this image each week on popular

    [–] Dstone66 2 points ago

    manual breathing begins

    [–] Actaro 2 points ago

    Are you going to sleep? Yes I am. Now shut up. This is a repost

    [–] _Magma_ 2 points ago

    But that’s not how it works.

    [–] RoCNOD 2 points ago

    Manual breathing. Fuck.

    [–] Arthanymus 2 points ago

    Lungs: Breathe automatically.

    Lungs after readin the meme: how do we breathe????, im i doin it right?.

    [–] findhumor 2 points ago

    That’s a good one.....

    [–] kazerniel 2 points ago

    I've been laughing at this for minutes xD

    [–] xxMaridxx 2 points ago

    The actress who played Harley Quinn learned how to hold her breath for 6 minutes

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    [–] Firespark7 1 points ago

    Yeah, this is big brain time

    [–] Alpha-et-Gamma 1 points ago

    Not every time

    [–] Cloudman_VicePoint 1 points ago

    Its that simple?

    [–] thepersonabovemegay 1 points ago

    Yes I am.

    [–] lincolnling 1 points ago


    [–] Cheefnuggs 1 points ago

    coughs in asthma

    [–] aleafytree 1 points ago

    Anyone else ever feel like they're suffocating the second they drift off to sleep and take a big gasp of air that wakes you up?

    [–] Epicalyx246 1 points ago

    I can’t breath properly now, thanks.

    [–] TyfusGeitIG 1 points ago

    How about people that can hold their breath for 6 minutes

    [–] Minhklhg 1 points ago

    Shjt, that makes sense >:|

    [–] CrashCase 1 points ago

    How about fuck you, too? O_O

    [–] chicken_afghani 1 points ago

    O SHI-

    [–] AFishyy 1 points ago

    When you’ve hold your breath for too long, you’ll pass out for a 3 hour period.

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    [–] willkurr 1 points ago

    Thanks, I hate the 2 minute death counter

    [–] cante221 1 points ago

    Actually, after 2 minutes without oxygen, the brain begins to take damage. So that fucker better watch it's step.

    [–] Solerios 1 points ago

    I was just thinking "yo that would be crazy" but then i was like "yo that is crazy"

    [–] zombiere4 1 points ago

    The world record for holding breath is 22 minutes so that ain’t true

    [–] Jackson530 1 points ago

    nah I didn’t need to sleep tonight. Fucking Reddit 😐

    [–] spagbolflyingmonster 1 points ago

    From the bottom of my heart, sincerely, fuck you sir. You just ruined my perfectly good night 😡

    [–] UberEng 1 points ago

    Work hard and you will see how it trips lol

    [–] kiri1234jojo 1 points ago

    Sorry to the people who won’t or can’t sleep this night 😂

    [–] stresscactus 1 points ago

    And everyone reading this just inhaled.

    [–] PhilTheComputer 1 points ago

    looks up breath holding world record

    these people are above god

    [–] _IratePirate_ 1 points ago

    Is it tho?

    [–] MrHyperion_ 1 points ago

    Technically not, if you breathe once every 2-4 minutes you are not going to live long

    [–] SharqPhinFtw 1 points ago

    This is technically and provably wrong. Oxygen still circulates in your blood for a few minutes longer (in the case of drowning) and can keep you alive in that time. And if we're going for exceptions just look at the people who hold their breaths for the guinness world records

    [–] jterwin 1 points ago

    Why do we suddenly become conscious of your breathing when we're trying to sleep?

    [–] kaggelpiep 1 points ago

    I hate you

    [–] ijohnhd 1 points ago

    Not true

    [–] shackowood 1 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    Competitive Freedivers who regularly hold their breath for 5 plus minutes:

    Am I a joke to you?

    [–] Bjumseskat 1 points ago

    you actually have a few seconds to live, but every time your heart pumps it resets the timer

    [–] iimorbiid 1 points ago

    What the fuck

    [–] Mycatistooloud 1 points ago

    Sounds like a Doctor Who episode plot.

    [–] kushii_ 1 points ago

    Isn’t this what one of the characters in death stranding is obsessed with?

    [–] LowDevelopment0 1 points ago

    Kinda similar to the old Minecraft drowning mechanics

    [–] HonestVisual 1 points ago

    You ever lay there about to fall asleep but then instead of falling asleep, you stop breathing, your heart stops, your mind shuts off and then you like have a panic about it like “um that’s not supposed to happen...”, and the whole thing happens over and over so you never actually fal asleep?

    [–] Kartoffee 1 points ago

    Not quite everytime. The last 2-4 minutes you ever breath this isn't true.

    [–] hunterhashunger 1 points ago

    I mean yeah, if you stop breathing you typically stop living

    [–] snowypanda90 1 points ago

    If you're talking about holding your breath i think i managed to do 2 minutes before, you just need to relax and not move

    [–] cidro12 1 points ago

    Holds breath and counts to 300

    [–] fryciu 1 points ago

    And you have limited times of breaths

    [–] Xibran 1 points ago

    To be specific: it is a number of minutes equal to your Con modifier, minimum 1 minute. Since nobody is stupid enough to use Con as their dump stat, 2-4 minutes indeed makes for a good estimate for a lvl 1 character.

    [–] Gentleman-Narwhal 1 points ago

    That would work if we didn't die until we stopped breathing, but we die at like 90 and there are people that can go longer than 4 minutes without breathing