Over the past five years, real-life “escape the room” adventure games have exploded in popularity, with new escape room facilities cropping up all over the world. According to the Escape Room Directory, there are now more than 3,400 escape room facilities in 676 cities and 65 countries across the globe, with more being added all the time. And it’s not hard to see why the demand for this unique form of entertainment is reaching critical mass; just ask anyone who has ever done it, and they’ll tell you that it’s a complete adrenaline rush.

So when you’re racing against the clock in an exhilarating escape room experience, what exactly is happening to your body during this time? Below are some of the common “symptoms” you can expect to experience during this heart-pounding challenge.


1. You’re going to be more physically and mentally alert.

When the door locks and the timer starts ticking, all five of your senses are going to “wake up” and become super-sensitized. You’re going to have a keener sense of awareness, and you’ll be more attuned to the various sights and sounds that surround you. As your senses begin to absorb this information, your brain will begin to take notes of every detail of your environment in rapid-fire fashion. At this point, you couldn’t feel tired if you tried.

2. Your heart will start beating faster.

As you’re scrambling around and searching for clues, your instinctive “fight or flight” response kicks in, which means that adrenaline, the body’s hormone for stress response, gets released into your bloodstream. Your heart begins to beat faster, pumping more oxygen to your muscles and organs for improved breathing and blood flow.


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