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Yawning! Yes, It Is Good For You

There's nothing more powerful than trying to stifle a yawn that is impending. Yawning is an impulse that most people take for granted, without knowing the effect it actually has on their body and mind.

Yawning is actually the body's way of rejuvenating the brain so that it can function more effectively. Yawning is a normal response to fatigue and drowsiness, but excessive yawning can be caused by a vasovagal reaction.

Yawning is an involuntary action that causes us to open our mouths wide and breathe in deeply. We know it's involuntary because we do it even before we are born. Research shows that 11-week-old fetuses yawn.

Yawning is contagious. It takes only one person to start a series of yawns. Yawning can also be a powerful non-verbal message with several possible meanings, depending on the circumstances.

When you yawn, you help regulate your body's circadian rhythms or the roughly 24-hour cycle of human behavior and biological activity. Yawning is the body's way of controlling brain temperature and metabolism. The process is thought to cool off the brain. Yawning also helps the brain maintain balance.

Yawning can lift your mood. When you yawn, your dopamine levels rise. This activates oxytocin, or pleasure and relationship-bonding chemicals.

Yawning is often considered rude due to the implication of boredom but when you yawn you're 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.

So, go ahead and yawn! Stimulate your brain, change your mood, and improve your memory.

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