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Doctor insights on: What Does It Mean When We Yawn A Lot

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Yawning (Definition)

Yawning is opening the mouth semi-voluntarily while taking a long, deep breath of air. It is a type of reflex action controlled by the brain (a person cannot yawn on command). Yawning is normal, and usually due to drowsiness or tiredness. However, excessive yawning that happens much more often than normal may be caused by vagus nerve signals, due ...Read more


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Why is it with my anxiety when I freak out I tend to yawn a lot?

Why is it with my anxiety when I freak out I tend to yawn a lot?

Yawning is the: Body's way of increasing oxygen intake. "Freaking out" can be a sign of lack of emotional intelligence. Please see the work of Daniel Goleman. Visit your doc for a check up to rule out medical conditions. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Do we only yawn when we are tired? I yawn a lot even when it's impossible that I'm tired why?

Do we only yawn when we are tired? I yawn a lot even when it's impossible that I'm tired why?

Yawning: It is a way to keep our brains alert during times of stress. It keeps the brain at its cool optimal working temperature so as to keep our reaction times & memory clear. ...Read more

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I feel like I yawn a lot because I don't feel like I get enough oxygen is this normal and what can I do please answer soon?

I feel like I yawn a lot because I don't feel like I get enough oxygen is this normal and what can I do please answer soon?

Yawning: Is associated with overheating. Studies have shown that the application of a cool washrag or ice to the back of the head will stop it from occurring. It has nothing to do with lack of oxygen. Make sure thyroid function is normal (slow heart rate and cold intolerance) ...Read more

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Is it possible for a newly COPD diagnosis to cause a person to yawn a lot?

Is it possible for a newly COPD diagnosis to cause a person to yawn a lot?

May have OSA: In addition to copd, you should talk to your doctor about being tested for obstructive sleep apnea. This can cause prolonged episodes of not breathing while you are asleep and increased snoring. The result of this is that you do not sleep well and can cause daytime drowsiness which would cause you to yawn. ...Read more

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I yawn a lot during cardio exercise, more than any other time. Any idea why?

I yawn a lot during cardio exercise, more than any other time. Any idea why?

Yawning: Yawning it the way for the body to rid more aggressively carbon dioxide. It is very common when exercising. ...Read more

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At 42 yrs old n I take min.6 hrs of sleep every night I still yawn a lot during office hours why?

At 42 yrs old n I take min.6 hrs of sleep every night I still yawn a lot during office hours why?

Yawning: You don't have to be tired to yawn. Some people will yawn as a form of stress relief or as a habit. ...Read more

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I'm not a night person and when it comes around 7pm I yawn a lot. I make weird sounds when I yawn. Why does this happen.

I'm not a night person and when it comes around 7pm I yawn a lot. I make weird sounds when I yawn. Why does this happen.

Yawning: I am a little confused. Are you concerned of yawning at 7 P.M. Excessively? Or are you concerned of making weird sound while yawning? I guess, quite a few people would yawn at 7 P.M. After a day of work. So, I see nothing abnormal in that. As far as making weird sound while yawning, without knowing what sounds it is and how you feel while making it, I cannot tell whether it is normal or not. ...Read more

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Why do I dream every night? Friends and family say that they don't. I watch several dreams back to back. I yawn a lot during daytime. Any connection?

Why do I dream every night? Friends and family say that they don't. I watch several dreams back to back. I yawn a lot during daytime. Any connection?

Sleep stages: Rem sleep provides us with the deepest and most restfull sleep. You are not there if you are dreaming. Dreaming is associated with the unconscious (fFreud) and also stress release. The increase in dreaming may be associated with stress levels awake. Try to reduce your stress via exercise and relaxation or identify sources in daily life. More sleep ...Read more

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I yawn a lot. Doesn't matter if I sleep 5 hours or 10 hours a day. I still do. Not new. Even as a child I yawned a lot. Embarrassing. Reason? Cure?

I yawn a lot. Doesn't matter if I sleep 5 hours or 10 hours a day. I still do. Not new. Even as a child I yawned a lot. Embarrassing. Reason? Cure?

Yaning: You need a sleep study to evaluate the quality of your sleep.
without additional information it is difficult to draw a conclusion, but you should see a sleep specialist ...Read more

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Why do I get tired the day after a massage? Drink enough water and rest after. Yawn a lot when getting a massage.

Why do I get tired the day after a massage? Drink enough water and rest after. Yawn a lot when getting a massage.

Massage: Massage tends to relax your body. I fall asleep sometimes during it. Your muscles get the kneading which is not usual for them and this may be something that makes them "tired" which is felt the next day. ...Read more

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I've been on citalopram for awhile now and it's worked great for my anxiety although I've been really tired and yawn a lot is there anything I can do?

I've been on citalopram for awhile now and it's worked great for my anxiety although I've been really tired and yawn a lot is there anything I can do?

Glad it works well!: It may sound strange if you feel tired to exercise - but that actually helps a lot of folk w/ this common side effect. If you have a gym nearby, ask a trainer if they know ideas for this. Your doctor's office may have recommendations too. Yoga is also an approach to get your body's energy into better balance - pick a program you like - they'll all help. ...Read more

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I'm a slim, unfit 29 y/o with a clean bill of health. In the evenings I find I can't quite get enough breath/yawn a lot. Is this just fatigue?

I'm a slim, unfit 29 y/o with a clean bill of health. In the evenings I find I can't quite get enough breath/yawn a lot. Is this just fatigue?

Probably: When was your last physical? If recent and your lungs and heart are fine and you have no risk factors you are probably tired after a hard days work. I yawn in the evening too! It would be to your advantage to start an exercise program and get fit though! ...Read more

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Is it bad when you yawn a lot? Sometimes I yawn a lot but feel fine. Not tired really. Lack of oxygen?

Is it bad when you yawn a lot? Sometimes I yawn a lot but feel fine. Not tired really. Lack of oxygen?

Yawning: Hello! I don't think the last word on the "cause" of yawning has been written. Its thought to be due to relative hypoxia. When or if you find out what the definitive cause is, please let me know! :-)) tthx ...Read more

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What causes me to get shallow breathing/shortness of breath and yawn a lot after a work out at the gym?

What causes me to get shallow breathing/shortness of breath and yawn a lot after a work out at the gym?

Lack of oxygen: Either your just starting out and poorly conditioned, or if its a new set of symptoms and you noticed a decreased exercise tolerance, then a full work up is needed. A stress echo, an oxygen consumption stress test, a pulmonary function test may be utilized. Cxr, labs, holters also may be helpful. ...Read more

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I can't take a full breath. It worsens after heavy food when I belch and yawn a lot. Hb count-normal, no chest pain. A dr says its hypertension. Is it?

I can't take a full breath. It worsens after heavy food when I belch and yawn a lot. Hb count-normal, no chest pain. A dr says its hypertension. Is it?

Breathing problem: The difficulty breathing you are experiencing is not typical of hypertension, unless your BP values are VERY high and you have heart changes and fluid buildup in your chest. From what you say, it seems you have some compression of your diaphragm. ...Read more

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Can costochondritis cause trouble breathing? Feel like I can't get a deep breath yawn A lot but the feeling of I can't breathe comes and goes 

Can costochondritis cause trouble breathing? Feel like I can't get a deep breath yawn A lot but the feeling of I can't breathe comes and goes 

Generally: If a person feels like they cannot get a deep breath need to seek urgent medical Attention. For specific diagnosis and treatment go to urgent care or the emergency room ...Read more

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Why I yawn a lot and suspire so much and I feel like my lung hurts but I don't know why I don't smoke or drink beer or tequila etc.

Why I yawn a lot and suspire so much and I feel like my lung hurts but I don't know why I don't smoke or drink beer or tequila etc.

Not common: I would start with an x-ray because the clues you gave would want me to rule out a problem with the lungs. ...Read more

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I'm having shortness of breath but only when I think about it, and I have to yawn a lot. No other symptoms but I do have a heart murmur. Related?

I'm having shortness of breath but only when I think about it, and I have to yawn a lot. No other symptoms but I do have a heart murmur. Related?

Unlikely: Symptoms of shortness of breath when you think about it, and need for yawning is unlikely to be a significant problem. I would focus upon good rest and exercise and reassess.
Heart murmurs are wide and varied, and if related to shortness of breath is usually activity related. If you do have activity related shortness of breath, then you should have this reviewed with a cardiologist. ...Read more

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Could I have ms? I see floaters, vision has gotten really blurry, I feel tingling in face, yawn a lot. I was told by my dr last ur I have low vitamind

Could I have ms? I see floaters, vision has gotten really blurry, I feel tingling in face, yawn a lot. I was told by my dr last ur I have low vitamind

Vitamin D: As a start, get your supplies of vitamin d as I have many patients with sighns of chronic pains and fatigue who improved after vitamin d supplements. As for the vison issues, you need to check your eyes. The tingling sometimes is a sighn of mineral deficiency (calcium or magnesiu), so you need to check your blood level of magnesium, calcium, phosphorus and potassium. ...Read more

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I am yawning excessively. What can this be?

I am yawning excessively. What can this be?

Need better sleep: Yawning, first of all, is suggestible, so it sometimes can come from thinking about it or seeing other people's yawning. More commonly, though, spontaneously, it is the result of drowsiness, fatigue. Perhaps you are not getting adequate sleep or adequately restful sleep. Here's a good article http://www. Localhealth. Com/article/yawning-excessively. ...Read more

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Why am I yawning excessively while doing cardio?

Why am I yawning excessively while doing cardio?

Yawning: Probably because you are bored and do not find it exciting. Try reading a book, watching a movie or listening to music while you work out. ...Read more

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I am yawning excessively, but they are unfinished. I only do a half of yawn which is unsatisfying and results in another a few seconds later.

I am yawning excessively, but they are unfinished. I only do a half of yawn which is unsatisfying and results in another a few seconds later.

Not a disease: What you described is not a disease, just a variation on normal life.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Recently I noticed I have been yawning excessively. I am a runner but haven't been pushing myself too hard. I also seem to be a little short of breath but it hasn't affected my running yet. What might this be?

Recently I noticed I have been yawning excessively. I am a runner but haven't been pushing myself too hard. I also seem to be a little short of breath but it hasn't affected my running yet. What might this be?

See your doctor.: Make sure that you're getting enough sleep but that seems rather obvious for the yawning. Anything that causes you to be short of breath especially with exertion needs a thorough workup with your physician. Contact your physician for evaluation of shortness of breath. ...Read more

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I've been yawning a lot, does that mean anything?

I've been yawning a lot, does that mean anything?

You're tired: Yawnig is amost always a normal action. Tiredness or weariness will cause a yawn, and seeing others yawn can make you yawn. Excessive yawning can be caused by "stimulation' of the vagus nerve, so if it is truly excessive, let your dr. Know and s/he can evaluate you further. Good luck. ...Read more

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What does it mean when I start yawning a lot towards the end of volleyball practice?

What does it mean when I start yawning a lot towards the end of volleyball practice?

Fatigue or...: It could be you are tired/fatigued or yawning tends to also occur when changing a level of awareness or arousal (higher or lower). For example, many athletes yawn before a game due to the change in activity. ...Read more