Yawning Can Be A Sign Of More Than Just Fatigue

Date June 22, 2018

Have you ever fallen victim to someone else's contagious yawning? In fact, according to studies, yawning is not contagious. It simply brings up the habit to imitate others – it activates motor imitation, empathy, and social behavior parts of the brain. A yawn usually shows that we are tired or sleepy, but can also have other meanings.

According to experts, yawning is an involuntary act that results in inhaling a large amount of air through the mouth, which is almost impossible to stop due to muscle contraction.


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Although it has already been extensively studied, what makes people and even animals yawn has not yet been definitely established.

We yawn in several states, such as: sleep, tiredness, boredom, stress...

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Research indicate that yawning helps increase oxygen and improves blood supply in the brain, which makes a lot of sense, since after a good yawn we feel more alert.

But there may be a reason for alarm. Although a good yawn feels nice, frequent yawning can be a warning sign. Anemia, hypothyroidism, apnea, and other diseases that cause fatigue can lead to excessive yawning.

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The use of certain medications can also make us tired and drowsy, as is the case with antihistamines and antidepressants.

If you notice that you are yawning too much, even when you are not stressed or bored, and even when you are fully rested, consult a doctor. A physician can help you determine whether or not it’s a sign of a disease, such as multiple sclerosis, a brain tumor, or even a heart attack.

How many times have you yawned while reading this short article? Let us know in the comments.

Stay alert and take good care of your health!

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The material in this article is for informational purposes only and does not replace the advice of a certified specialist.