Sneeze Count 2018

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Is Christmas the most wonderful time of the year? NO. The most wonderful time of the year is right now because I am sharing my much anticipated annual Sneeze Count. 2018 marks my sixth year of counting, and I am so proud of myself. If you’re new to this blog, you can catch up on my previous sneezy years that I blogged about here: 2017, 2016, 2015.

Alright, so 2018’s sneeze count was 364 days long, and I sneezed 2155 times. This is my second lowest year, but it’s only a couple hundred from my third lowest. I did not hit a new maximum, but I did hit a new minimum by one. Overall, though, a decent year. Behold my chart in all its glory!

The 2018 sneeze chart.

There’s not a lot to unpack here, as it’s pretty clear on its own, but I do want to talk about a few things. That big week in May was when my family went to New York City for a few days. I’d like to say that America makes me sneezy, but I pulled up 2014’s chart because I also went to NYC for a few days also in May, and there wasn’t any unusual activity at that time.

It’s also worth noting that in mid-July, I got a full-time job, so nine hours of my days since have been spent in an office. It’s not a remarkably dusty place like the book warehouse I used to work in, but it’s not a stellar shrine of cleanliness by any means.

Another thing that happened in the back half of the year was that my neighbours got a cat. The cat’s name is Dirk and I love him even though he only loves me back when he’s lonely. I don’t see Dirk too often, but when I do, he definitely brings out some sneezes. That big spike in October is almost exclusively from Dirk because that week my parents and my neighbours went on a trip, leaving me and their daughter home, so the two of us (three if you count the furball) hung out a lot at their house. The many hours over several days led to many sneezes, and by Sunday I felt like I had asthma again, but I had no regrets.

hugging a cat gif.

Going forward, I’m going to try and make some notes during anomaly weeks. I don’t remember why that week in February was so high, and I wish I did. So in 2019 and beyond, I will do better.

And to close out this post, I wanted to share some other stats. I’ve compared my sneezes to the two other people who ever dared to count as well, but I still wanted to know how I compared to others. How many times does the average person sneeze in a day? A month? A year? I found one study (well, the abstract of a study. I’m not paying for more) that said the average person sneezes 4 times a day. As you can see from my chart above, I calculate an average every year, and my averages, and I’m always higher than 4. A few years had been at around 9 per day. I also found one source that estimated how much time the average person will spend sneezing in their lifetime. It used a daily average of 1.2 sneezes and a lifespan of 78.8 years to conclude that you’d spend over 5 straight hours sneezing. Given that 1.2 sneezes a day is weak for me, I’m looking at closer to 12 or 13 hours of sneezing.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my 2018 sneeze count and the facts I’ve shared. Counting sneezes is my dumbest hobby but perhaps my favourite.

That’s all for now!


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18 thoughts on “Sneeze Count 2018

  1. I think I fall far below the average- I sometimes go days without sneezing at all. I’ve never been a sneezer. Even when I’m sick, I never sneeze more than twice in a row. Very rarely, I’ve sneezed three times in a row. I get really excited when that happens! LOL!

    • I sometimes go days without sneezing too, but when I do sneeze, it’s almost always four times in a row, so I more than make up for any quiet days.
      I am very glad to know that sneezing three times excites you because it’s always good when the random, little things in life can bring some joy!

  2. Okies…I wasn’t actually expecting a real sneeze count!! I sneeze so much. I have this thing where in the mornings I am SOO stuffy! Like just until I brush my teeth basically. Like I have a full on cold. It’s so annoying! So during my morning routine I sneeze a lot.

    Since I’m new here: why a sneeze count? What happened to make you want to count and analyze your sneezes?

    • I am jealous of all your sneezes! I haven’t noticed a certain time of the day when I am more prone to sneezing.
      As for why I do this: one time a friend asked how many times I sneeze in a week. I didn’t know so I decided to count. This happened in a December and once I found that it was easy to keep count, I decided to try when the new year started…and then I’ve kept going for six years!

      • Lol omg 6 years?! That’s commitment! And you are more than welcome to all my sneezes. I’ve even considered going to my doctor to find out the reason for my sneezes and try to stop it lol

  3. I always love reading your sneeze count post! I would estimate that I sneeze a few times a week, at most. Although, when I was pregnant, I sneezed multiple times a day. It was definitely the most unexpected pregnancy symptom I had.

  4. Happy New Year. Wait. What? Sneeze Count Report? OK, I’m all about new and different blog posts, so I’m curious, so I read it, and found it to more than a little informative. I suspect most people sneeze…BUT, do they document their sneezes, and know when they are possible, probable, and mildly, quite a bit more than mildly annoying?

    One thing I now know for sure. The next time I sneeze, which usually is a rapid 2 or 3 sneeze event, I’ll think of you V Donovan. Hey…Was that the plan?!

  5. Haha, this is such a fun post! I sneeze loads – probably at least 6 times a day. It’s like I have a constant cold but it’s just the sneezing aspect. And it never really seems to go up or down so I don’t think it’s caused by one thing in particular. It’s just a part of me now.

    Emma |

    • Yeah, it’s the same for me. Sneezing is a part of life! And I suppose if we had to get any constant side-effect of a cold, sneezing is a pretty good one! Could you imagine having a runny nose forever? Or chills?

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