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Yawning Doesn't Mean That You Are Bored Or In Absolute Need Of Sleep. No, When We Yawn, It Means Something More Interesting Than That. Science Has Been Ignorant For Decades About Things They Have More Light On Now. Some Neuroscientists Like Caroline Leaf Has Some Firsthand And Professional Knowledge Concerning The Benefits Of Yawning And She Places Value On It.
Some Professionals Choose To Stay Ignorant About It's Merits But There Again, You Always Get Those. Most Times There Is Resistance To New Found Knowledge, So I Am Not Concerned About Those. Because I Have Been Known To Yawn Nonstop Occasionally When I'm Not Tired Or Bored, I Found This Discovery Really Interesting, So I Have Researched It Several Times. Because Yawning Is Also Catchy, I Yawn Sometimes As I Research This Fascinating Topic - I'm Known For Never Missing A Yawn:) And Here's What I Have Come Up With.
WHY DO WE YAWN?
Let’s say you’re sitting in a meeting at work, and you feel a yawn coming on. (We’ve all been there, haven’t we?) If you’re like most people, you probably try to stifle it. And if that doesn’t work, you try to discreetly hide the yawn behind your hand. After all, yawning is rude and a sign of boredom or fatigue, neither of which you want to display when your boss is outlining a new project. Right?
Wrong, actually. (About what yawning means, not about your intentions toward your boss!) Your yawn isn’t a sign that your boss is putting you to sleep. Rather, it’s a signal that your body is revving up your brain so that you can more efficiently process what she is saying.
Many people believe that yawning in the presence of others is disrespectful. The truth is yawning has unfairly earned a bad rap. It’s actually the body’s way of rejuvenating the brain so that it can function more effectively.
In scientific terms, a yawn is characterized by an inhalation of air that stretches the eardrums, followed by an exhalation. Yawns are occasionally accompanied by a stretch’for the curious, that’s called a ‘pandiculation.’ Sometimes yawns are reflexive, and sometimes they are intentionally self-induced. And they always entail much more than just a wide-open mouth.
Chances are, you’ve never given your own yawns a second thought. However, they may deserve one! Read on to learn how yawning impacts the brain, and why you should consider doing so more often. (And yes…it is possible to yawn on command!)
Yawning increases mental efficiency
It’s no secret that it takes a lot of energy to stay focused when you’re engaged in concentrated activity. The mind has a tendency to wander and to slip from the task at hand, and this is when you might find yourself yawning. What you’re actually doing is stimulating a neural area of the brain that plays a major role in being more conscious and self-reflective, and that also aids in relaxation, alertness, and maintaining a good memory. Any time you breathe deeply, your brain waves slow down and your muscles get the message to relax.
The next time you’re stressed out and trying to maintain your focus, consciously take a moment to yawn every 20 minutes or so, and then sit back and relax. You’ll notice a difference.
Yawning helps the brain maintain balance
Research has found that yawning helps cool down the overactive brain as it attempts to regulate its temperature and metabolism.
In fact, yawning increases when people are engaged in difficult mental tasks, something you’ve no doubt noticed in your own life. Yawning staves off sleep! This revelation might be the most surprising of all, since most of us operate under the impression that yawning makes us sleepier. Once again, science debunks conventional wisdom. Yawning helps contract the facial muscles, which forces blood through cerebral blood vessels to the brain’and this, scientists say, may function to increase alertness. Thus, yawning may reduce sleepiness as it reflects a mechanism that maintains attention.
Yawning helps you ‘reset’ yourself
That’s right’it’s almost like pushing the ‘reset’ button on an electronic device. When you yawn, you help regulate your body’s circadian rhythms, or the roughly 24-hour cycle of human behavior and biological activity. This is true for babies, patients coming out of comas, and partygoers who are returning home from a night out. Yawning also increases when people are in the midst of a change from inactivity to activity, and vice versa.
Yawning really does help you reset your internal clock. In scientific terms, it arouses your neuromuscular wiring and creates a harmonious progression in the brain stem. When you’re traveling by plane and changing time zones, remember to yawn to help reset your circadian rhythms. Yawning will help to reduce the effects of jet lag.
Yawning can lift your mood and maybe even save your marriage
When you yawn, your dopamine levels rise. This activates oxytocin, or pleasure and relationship-bonding chemicals. The more these chemicals are activated, the more frequently you yawn.
Yawning is also contagious, because it triggers the mirror neurons that literally prompt you to reflect another person’s behavior or emotional state. People who are on antidepressants may experience yawning more often, especially in the first three months of taking the SSRIs.
It’s cheesy, but I always say that the people who yawn together stay together! In stressful situations with your friends and loved ones, simply stop the conversation and yawn together several times. If nothing else, you may get a few laughs with each other. And that’s great, because laughter is pretty close to yawning in terms of its effects!
In other words, yawn away and don’t feel self-conscious about it.
Okay, if you yawn and stretch exuberantly while the CEO is talking you might not get the warmest reaction. Just be sure to follow up your faux pas with a quick explanation of yawning’s many physiological and psychological gifts. Your body knows what it needs to function at its best, so relax and let it work.
Patt Lind-Kyle is a speaker and trainer. She is a former professor at Foothill College, and founder of a learning assessment company that applies neuro-monitoring tools for stress management, health, and peak performance. Source HERE
Yawning is the best medicine for brain health
By Ethan Huff (NewsTarget) (NaturalNews)
Contrary to popular belief, yawning is not necessarily an indicator of boredom, restlessness, disinterest or even sleepiness. Yawning is actually an important function of the body that helps the brain both to function better and to maintain appropriate temperature.
According to researchers from New York University in Binghamton, yawning is the body's way of regulating the temperature equilibrium so that we can think better. This is why many people feel the need to yawn when sitting in warm rooms regardless of whether or not they are physically tired.
The research is contradictory to older research that pegged yawning as a response to reduced brain oxygen levels, and instead attributes it to a reenergizing process by which the body is able to transition from one state of mind to another, such as from being asleep to being awake.
"It lifts our moods. It's good stuff. And it's free."
Other research indicates that yawning acts similarly to antidepressants in that it helps block the reuptake of Serotonin in the brain so that these neurotransmitters can instead be more readily available for use in brain receptors.
According to a January 2010 article at kpcnews.com, yawning is also associated with an increase in dopamine, the "pleasure and relationship-bonding" chemicals in the brain. Dopamine levels are raised in response to yawning, and vice versa, bringing about feelings of happiness and connectedness with the people around us.
Should You See A Practitioner For Yawning Excessively?
You should see a MD/GP if you feel like you’re yawning more than usual AND experiencing additional symptoms that interfere with your day-to-day activities.
Tell your MD/GP when the yawning started and about other symptoms, such as mind fog, pain in certain areas, or even lack of sleep. This information can help your them diagnose an underlying condition and make treatment recommendations based on individual needs.
BACK TO PLEASURE - WHAT DOES CAROLINE SAY?
Yawning: One Of The Best-kept Secrets In Neuroscience
Written by Dr. Caroline Leaf
Can you believe that yawning is great for your brain…and you thought it was bad manners to yawn in public!
In fact, neuroscientists are telling us that yawning has 12 neurological benefits the sum of which increase our intellectual functioning as well as decreasing toxicity in our minds (pubmed.gov).
It basically activates an area in the brain called the precuneus, which is involved in consciousness, self-reflection and memory. Yawning also helps regulate the temperature and metabolism of your brain.
Years ago I used to practice as a Communication Pathologist, and one of the techniques we used for voice therapy was yawning, which helped to reduce hypertension in the throat and anxiety while performing. And it really worked so well for my patients, especially with regards to being more relaxed and alert. At that stage I didn’t realize the impact on the brain. If I did I wouldn’t have told my husband, Mac, to stop yawning so much: he yawns about 10-20 times by the time we get to the office…a 15 minute drive. But Mac is so fast and alert and gets more done in a day than most people…and now I know one of his secrets. (and I have been yawning passively along with him and benefitting!)
Yes we do yawn when we are tired or bored or when we are exposed to light, but neuroscience shows that yawning actually has a type of reboot function, which helps to increase our alertness making us more cognitively aware. It sort of wipes out the tiredness and refocuses us.
Yawning activates an amazing pathway in the brain dealing with empathy and the result is an increase in the quantity and quality of loving empathy and an increase in conscious self-reflection.
Yawning, as I am sure you are aware, is neurologically contagious: when you see someone yawn, you yawn too.
I find it absolutely fascinating that God has designed every part of us to work towards manifesting the qualities of Jesus…we are truly wired for love.
Some of the other benefits of yawning include increasing memory, improved introspection, improves your sense of timing, enhances pleasure and lowers stress.
So stop what you are doing and yawn 7 times…your eyes may water, but it’s worth it!
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