Why The Heck Do We Even Have Two Nostrils?

We went crazy trying to solve this Tumblr mystery.

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Tumblr user Stolenfruitsnack asked us this very important question that BLEW OUR MINDS:

OMG! Do we actually have a dominant nostril?

Yes — it’s true! A lot of people have a dominant nostril that does most of the breathing.

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This is because of the nasal cycle, said David White, Ph.D., the senior lecturer and director at Auckland University of Technology's Design for Respiratory Health Lab and author of a 2015 paper about the nasal cycle. During the nasal cycle, one nostril is blocked (you're still able to breathe out of it, but you're only able to breathe around one-third to two-thirds of the normal airflow). The dominant nostril switches every 90 minutes or so, but the duration is different for every person.

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Not everyone experiences a nasal cycle.

Not everyone experiences a nasal cycle.

White says that it's around 20% to 80% of the population, which isn't really a specific number. “The number varies in publications, mainly because the way people measure it is not accurate,” he said. What's even more mind-blowing, however, is that people with some disorders like autism or schizophrenia don't demonstrate a nasal cycle at all.

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We won’t really notice the nasal cycle.

We won't really notice the nasal cycle.

Although you might be able to notice a dominant nostril if you're lying on your side, said White. If you do notice a sustained dominant nostril 24/7, then you might have a deviated septum, he said.

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