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The Art of Yawning

January 23rd, 2009

I yawned twice a few minutes ago and it got me wondered why do we yawn. I mean, besides the fact that it is 1AM in the morning. In Wikipedia, it says that yawning is associated with tiredness, stress, overwork, lack of stimulation, or boredom. (Source: Wikipedia)

That explains it, sometimes I yawn in the morning after 8 hours of sleeping – a nice 8 hours of sleeping; maybe I was lack of stimulation in the morning. In fact, I see my family and even my partner waking up, yawn and stretch at the same time, which is called “pandiculation”. (Source: The Free Dictionary)

Now, lets see the some of the art of yawning in action:
“Mom has been singing the same lullaby again…”

What a polite little seal pup.

If those hounds doesn’t find me yet, I’ll be bored to death.

It comes to show that even reptiles yawn too.

Now, this is really amazing, a 13 week old fetus yawned and got caught in a camera. Incredible!

It is said that yawning is very contagious, exactly like this picture:
To see how true is the level of contagiousness, check out this video from Mythbuster.

There are a lot of questions “why” do we actually yawn and so far, no one can really give a precise answer as yet. But whatever it is, yawning is a natural art and biological functions of the body, so we should be proud to have this function because it is one of the best expressions for human. And a study in 2007 shows that yawning may actually help boost brain’s alertness.

For more interesting articles on yawning, check out these websites:
How Stuff Works
Discovery Channel

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  1. February 1st, 2009 at 15:36 | #1

    The question is, why do we yawn whenever someone else yawns!? even if you talk to someone on the phone and while you are in the middle of the conversation the other person on the line yawns and unintentionly you find your self yawning? I’d always wanted to get a good explanation for this issue!

    • February 2nd, 2009 at 10:00 | #2

      its something i yearn to know as well, your curiosity is as good as mine and there are so many studies about it. There this news from BBC, “The brain cooling theory says that when we contagiously yawn we are participating in an ancient, hardwired ritual that evolved to help groups stay alert and detect danger.”
      Interesting theories but its still a good mystery. Well, at least the theory is a positive one 🙂

  2. February 7th, 2009 at 23:03 | #3

    Fun to know yawning is contagious! Thanks for sharing!

  3. February 16th, 2009 at 01:22 | #4

    Yawning is an interesting phenomenon….there are so many theories as to why people yawn, some say it’s an evolutionary trait that goes back to the time of early man when they lived in groups.

  4. February 16th, 2009 at 12:12 | #5

    yea! it as said that its like the animals giving warning sign. when one made one particular sound, the other would follow and the rest eventually followed the same. For human, I suppose it is contagious in the form of yawning. pretty cool and unique huh 🙂

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