Are you feeling tired? Even if you aren’t.

Why we yawn if we see someone else doing?

I have a confession to make.

Just writing the title made me yawn. It’s almost like just seeing or hearing the word in writing can make you feel compelled.

It’s weird, right?

On the other hand, that’s a natural phenomenon. So we can’t help it shun completely. Let’s take a sneak peek of what causes yawning and how can you make an effort to trim it down.

Yawning is a mystery, and it triggered the writer here this time to find out more about it.

So what is yawning, and why do we do it?

A Shift of State

As your brain transits to different times of day or activities, it may stimulate a yawn. It’s like your body’s internal signal informing you something is set off.

For Instance, you do yawn when it’s time for bed as your body prepares for sleep. Moreover, we also tend to do it when we are bored because your body is going from alertness and concentration to distraction and lesser energy.

That’s the reason, and on a side note, that’s why you should unpark yourselves and take breaks or walk around every ninety minutes when you’re working on something.

 If you grasp yourself yawning, it’s your internal clock telling you to get up and move around.

Here are some specific situations where we catch a yawn.

Before bed

Before Bed Yawn - Debongo

At night, we become less alert, which encourages a yawn.

 We do know that few chemicals in our brain can produce a yawn. One of these chemicals, adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) activates at night, and that’s one potential reason that we do it right before bed.

When bored

While a yawn doesn’t always mean you’re bored, it doesn’t rule it out, either.

We know that when our brain isn’t appropriately stimulated, the temperature goes down, which as a result can encourage yawning.


Tired - Debongo

The act of yawning boosts your heart rate, so one theory which applies here is that if you’re tired, this tiny activity can give you a swift burst of energy.

 If you find yourself doing it at unfortunate times during the day, maybe your body is making an effort to awake.

Cooling the Brain

Do we yawn more when we are concentrating on a particular thing or studying?  Yes, we do!

This is because all the brain activity elevates its temperature and opening your mouth widely while inhaling and exhaling air cools it down. When you open up your mouth widely, the blood flow increases and circulates the fluid faster.

Weird, but it does works!


Communication - Debongo

Do you know once upon a time humans didn’t speak in actual words? Crazy, right?

 Instead, used a variety of signals to communicate, and to our astonishment yawning was one of them!

Is Yawning Contagious?

Well, after much information shared above now you now know the answer to this one.

It’s one of the most contagious situations around.

Scientists have found that around half of us will yawn just by seeing it on video!

Hope you remember when I confessed to yawning when I wrote the title of this article? It truly depicts that I’m not crazy because it’s also true when we think or even read about it can cause you to let one out.

However, as every problem comes with a solution, so here are some tips where you can try reducing your yawn at an inopportune time.

How to Prevent Yawning

•    Deep Breathing

•    Deep Breathing For Better Sleep

•    Exercise More.

•    Please Stay Away From Caffeine And Alcohol/ Or Limit Them

•    Prepare  A Sleep Schedule And Adhere To It.

•    Fashion A Comfortable Sleep Environment Before Bedtime.

Chill -Chill Out

 Literally. Remember when it was mentioned above, that yawning cools down the brain?  In such a case, try applying an ice pack to your head or neck, crank up the air conditioner, open up a window, or get hold of a popsicle.

Go Outside

Fresh air is a remedy for a variety of biological complaints. It’s reviving. Additionally, a change of scenery can stimulate your mind and shun off boredom.

Moreover, getting up and going outside can help you feel refreshed.


If the weather’s not on your side and cooperative and going outside isn’t an option, a quick stretch can do the trick. Don’t forget your body is constantly communicating with you, no matter how odd the actions may look.

Even if all you do is- stand up for a minute /two to stretch your legs, you will definitely notice a distinct and abrupt improvement.

Chief amongst all-Drink Water

Not drinking adequate Water can make you feel tired. Seize a glass of water to get a speedy energy boost up.


A yawn is a reflexive motion that involves us in stretching our jaw widely, taking in a cluster of air and then exhaling.

The complete process takes an average of about 6 seconds.

Though there are many theories behind why we yawn, recent studies and research suggest it’s a way our body controls brain temperature.

On the other hand, some scientists have claimed that we yawn in response to other people in our surroundings who have “status.” In the caveman days, when the group would yawn, it was a signal that it was time for bed.

Caveman - Debongo

Before this article ends, here is the second confession which would like to make, and it is- Honestly, this write-up has made me yawn countless times, and it seems to be called a day off!

Do share with us your uncontrollable yawns occurred at an unexpected time. Till then keep reading and sharing with others why we yawn and why it is contagious. As you now know it all well!

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