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What Causes Yawning? Things that Cause Me to Yawn

Updated on May 30, 2016

Do animals yawn for the same reasons as humans?

Even animals yawn! Is this yawning tiger bored?
Even animals yawn! Is this yawning tiger bored? | Source

What Causes Yawning?

Thanks to Simone Smith for asking the intriguing question, "What triggers yawning?"
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Did you ever wonder what causes yawning? Humans don't have an exclusive on yawning. Animals, birds and reptiles yawn, too! Yawning seems to occur when we are bored, tired or too warm, but the irresistible impulse to yawn can occur when we see other people yawn. Sometimes just thinking about yawning can make us want to yawn! (Are you yawning, yet?)

In high school, a friend and I were in a rather boring class. To keep ourselves entertained, my friend would choose inopportune moments to face me and give out a huge yawn. Before I knew it, I was yawning uncontrollably, and anyone who was looking at either one of us was yawning, too! I'm sure this didn't inspire the teacher to be more interesting, but it did set off a few giggles in the classroom.


Facts about yawning

  • The average yawn lasts only 6 seconds.
  • Contagious yawning is a way of showing empathy for another person. It is thought to be a way of keep a group alert to danger. In the case of my friend, it alerted the group to boring.
  • All vertebrates yawn, but not all have the contagious yawn response. Try it with your dog...will he yawn if he sees you yawn?
  • Yawning can raise heart rate up to 30%.
  • You don't have to see a yawn to want to yawn. Reading about yawning or hearing someone yawn on the telephone can trigger a yawn. Blind and deaf people will respond to contagious yawning!
  • 55% of all people yawn within five minutes of seeing someone else yawn.
  • Autistic and schizophrenic people are not contagious to yawning.
  • Hot brain? Yawning may be triggered when the brain temperature needs cooling.
  • Sleep deprivation and fatigue increase deep brain temperature, so yawning to cool off the brain when you are tired makes sense.
  • Infants and young children yawn, but are not contagious yawners. They won't yawn in response to seeing someone else yawn.
  • One school of thought has it that yawning is triggered when glucose in the brain is reduced. So yawning may be a result of hunger.
  • It has been said that yawning is caused by the body's need for more oxygen, but the flaw here is that yawning does not bring as much oxygen into the system as normal respiration.
  • Activation of certain chemicals in the brain can increase the frequency of yawning.
  • Excessive yawning can be an indication of certain diseases like cardiovascular disease, electrolysis imbalance, hormonal imbalance or a side effect of medication.
  • Dehydration can cause yawning.

The Art of Pandiculation - Yawning!

Yawning, A Self portrait by Joseph Ducreux (1735–1802)
Yawning, A Self portrait by Joseph Ducreux (1735–1802) | Source

Do you Pandiculate?

What? No, I never!

...or do you just yawn?

Well, maybe you'd admit it if you knew that pandiculation is the act of yawning, contracting and stretching muscles simultaneously!

This self portrait by Joseph Ducreux is a perfect picture of someone in the process of pandiculation.

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How to hide or suppress a yawn

Yawning can take you by surprise and pop up at the most inopportune times. It's fine to yawn when you wake up in the morning or before going to bed, but you really don't want to yawn at a job interview, a funeral or when your spouse is telling you about his or her day. We can't always avoid those triggers that cause us to yawn, so what can we do when yawning is just not appropriate?

Here are a few tips on how to hide a yawn or suppress a yawn:

  • Drink a glass of water to help suppress a yawn. Dehydration can cause an increase in yawning.
  • Pretend you dropped something on the floor and let the yawn out as you pick it up.
  • Cover your mouth with your hands to try to hide the yawn.
  • Pretend you heard a noise behind you and turn your head. Yawn quick while you're facing away.
  • Try holding your breath until it passes.
  • Clench your jaw and keep your mouth shut until the feeling passes. (Don't kid yourself, this fools no one!)
  • If it looks like someone else is going to yawn, look the other way. You know yawing is contagious!



But there are so many other things that make me yawn!

Let's face it, people, we all have triggers that make us yawn or make us wish we could yawn because a yawn would be more interesting than what we're doing at the moment.

Here are 25 things that cause me to yawn!

  1. Political advertisements on TV.
  2. Hearing about your politics (unless they are the same as mine).
  3. PBS fund drives.
  4. Hearing about your operation.
  5. A monologue in a monotone.
  6. Some people (you don't even know who you are, do you?) make me yawn just at the sight of them!
  7. Watching a friends' home movies of their kids' school plays.
  8. Hearing about your pregnancy.
  9. Hearing about your 26 hours in labor. (My 26 hours of labor where SO much more interesting!)
  10. Talking about budgets when outgo is more than income.
  11. Talking about how to remove stains from carpets.
  12. Hearing about all the cute things that your niece/child/grandchild did last weekend.
  13. Seeing someone yawn.
  14. Hearing someone yawn.
  15. Reading about someone yawning.
  16. Curling up in front of a fire alone.
  17. Shopping for clothes for my girlfriend but not for myself.
  18. Coming home from a shopping trip when someone else is driving.
  19. Knowing that there is a sink full of dishes waiting when I get home from shopping.
  20. Listening to someone talk non-stop for 45 minutes about how she hates her life.
  21. Daylight Savings Time.
  22. Changing back to Standard Time.
  23. Reading a boring book in bed.
  24. Hearing about how you went off your diet.
  25. Reading this article. (Oops! it must be seeing the word "yawn" so many times!)

What makes you yawn?

What is most likely to make you yawn?

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Are you a yawner? Do you yawn whenever you see a friend yawn, or do yawn just reading about yawning? Have any good solutions for suppressing unwanted yawns?

I'd love to hear your comments!

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    • prasetio30 profile image

      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very informative hub. I learn many things from you about yawn. I usually do this after wake up in the morning and I felt fresh after that. Rated up and useful!

      Love and peace,

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Prasetio - A yawn in the morning does seem to help refresh us, doesn't it. Perhaps it's because yawning increases the heart rate. Thanks for stopping in to read and comment and for your vote!

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Interesting. I yawn a lot and have mildly worried about it because of the heart/brain links.

      I wonder if being overweight can cause it, too, because I heard it is sometimes caused by the body craving extra oxygen (because circulation isn't too great in fatties)

      Good hub on something we all do and never (usually) wonder why.

      Bob

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Hi Bob,

      I read conflicting reports on yawning being caused by the body craving oxygen. One study says that higher levels of carbon dioxide in the blood trigger yawning while another source says that yawning actually reduces oxygen intake compared to regular breathing.

      Interesting theory about yawning caused by poor circulation...

      Thanks for your feedback!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Your list of things that make you yawn made me smile. You did a great job of writing a hub that's both informative and interesting.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Randomcreative - Thank you for reading and commenting on my hub about the causes of yawning. I'm glad that you found it informative and that it gave you a smile today.

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      I have never thought about yawning at all, unless I am doing too much yawning. I learned a lot by reading this hub as it really was very interesting. Rated Up!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Yay!! Love this Hub! Thanks a ton for answering my Question... and filling my head with so much interesting information! I had no idea that yawning can help to lower brain temperature- or that it can raise heart rate!

      Also, pandiculation is TOTALLY my new favorite word.

      And I can't stop yawning. Wah! I hope I don't have cardiovascular disease or electrolysis imbalance!!!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Hi Pamela,

      Yawning isn't something we think much about unless it strikes us at an inopportune time...or someone yawns at us in the middle of one of our very interesting stories! Thanks for your comments!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Hi Simone,

      Thanks so much for asking this question! It was fun to do some research on what causes a yawn, and I loved finding the new word, pandiculation, too. Actually, the auto spell checker says it's spelled incorrectly, but it really isn't! Oh, YAWN! I have to stop thinking about yawning!

      :)

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      webverification 5 years ago from Idaho

      I always yawn when I see others yawn. This was a very interesting hub. Thanks!

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Of course, I agree with you. It shown that I still sleepy. There's one story that I want to share with you. When I am teaching my student at noon I feel sleepy and I am doing too much yawning. Washing my face is the solution and I feel fresh again. Sorry if you laugh to hear my story. Take care and enjoy your day. Cheers....

      Prasetio

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      webverification - Yawning is contagious, and no matter how hard we try to avoid yawning, sometimes we just can't help it when we see someone else yawn. Glad you found this hub interesting. Thanks for visiting!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Prasetio - Thank you for sharing your story of how you freshen up when you are sleepy and yawn too much. Splashing water on your face is a great way to do perk up!

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      emilybee 5 years ago

      This hub is appropriate right now, after work, crashing on the couch and reading this hub :) It was informative though and I know my yawning had nothing to do with the content of your hub :) Voted up!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Emilybee -Thanks, Emilybee...yawwwwnnnn...I've just watched my hubby yawning, and now I must take a yawn break! :) Thanks for your comments and votes!

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Stephanie

      Reading your hub about yawning didn't make me yawn but it sure made me laugh.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Hi Sueswan,

      I'm glad it brought a smile to your face! Thanks for commenting!

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      Carmen Beth 5 years ago

      Interesting hub and facts as usual, Stephanie. I know that I enjoy seeing dogs yawn and they frequently do so as they awake from their many tiny naps many times a day. And my, my dog does pandiculate!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Hi Carmen H - I remember once trying to get our dog to yawn when we did. I think that some dogs will do contagious yawning with people as well as with each other. I also enjoy seeing our cat yawn because he does that wonderful, graceful pandiculation. Thanks for stopping by to comment!

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      Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I remember reading somewhere that baboons yawn as a warning. When you think of all those big teeth, this makes sense. And when we yawn, we do display our teeth, so people with bad teeth should always cover a yawn. On the other hand, should people with great teeth just let it go, showing off those pearly whites?

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Hi Dolores,

      I also read that baboons and other primates use yawning as a group alert. Since yawning is contagious in primates, it must be kind of funny to see a group of apes all yawing at each other. Good point about covering your yawn unless your mouth is lovely to behold! :) Thanks for stopping by to comment!

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Stephanie,great interesting facts about yawning,some of them i did not know before. I love it when i learn something new !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Kashmir,

      I'm so glad that you gleaned some new facts about the causes of yawning and that you enjoyed my hub. Thanks so much for your comments and votes!

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      Penelope Hart 5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      I'm pandiculating, thanks. And voting up. Interesting Hub and it looks so good too!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      GoodLady - Pandiculating in the morning is good for waking up your muscles! :) Thanks for stopping in to comment!

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      taw2012 5 years ago from India

      Hey, this is interesting. I am a person who is always caught for Yawning during lectures.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Taw2012 - Getting caught yawning when you are supposed to be enthralled is embarrassing! It's probably not your fault, though, if someone else yawned first. Thanks for stopping by to comment!

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      Ramphil Basco 5 years ago from Iloilo, Philippines

      I love to yawn especially when I'm at work and waiting for creak time. lol.. :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      KingphilliIV - Thanks for stopping by to read my article on yawning - hope it didn't make you yawn too much!

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      yaswanthk 4 years ago

      HooHoo.....HoHoooo...It's yawning.....I did it while reading...... :-)

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      sammimills 4 years ago from California, USA

      Very interesting! I enjoyed reading your hub. There are a lot of things that make us yawn. Great facts. Most of the time I yawn when I see a person yawn. hehe. Funny though.

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      Jennifer Stone 4 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Great hub Stephanie, and congrats on HOTD award! Well deserved for such an interesting and entertaining article! Now if I can just stop yawning (I only have to think the word "yawn" to set me off...) Voted up and stuff, Jen

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      mwilliams66 4 years ago from Left Coast, USA

      Good grief Stephanie, I yawned through the entire hub. Not bored or alerting anyone to any danger (such as being bored), just the mere fact that I was reading about yawning. Crazy. I had no idea that reading about it could trigger a yawning frenzy, yet he I am typing, yawning and giggling. What a wonderfully enjoyable albeit heart rate raising hub. Loved every word. Very interesting info too.

      Congrats on the well deserved HOD recognition.

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      Mandar Karandikar 4 years ago from Ratlam, India

      Wonderful hub. There are ample of theories about yawning, but no one is sure about it. It was nice to know about it.........

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      Cathleena Beams 4 years ago from Lascassas, Tennessee

      Excellent work on yawning. I didn't realize before reading this just how contagious it is. No yawns until after I finished the article, but now I can't seem to stop. How funny!

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      Ann-Christin 4 years ago from UK

      Brilliant hub it did rather make me yawn though :)

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Fun stuff--but no fair making a poll where we can vote on only one of three that are all equal choices! :)

      Waiting is another thing that makes me yawn.

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Yaswanthk - Hahaha! Sorry I inspired you to yawn! :) That is a side effect when one reads about yawning... But thanks for staying awake long enough to comment! :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Sammimills - I know I've tried not to yawn when I see someone yawning at inappropriate times, but it's almost impossible! Thanks for your comment!

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      Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

      The tiger picture drew me in and the interesting facts and photos held my interest all the way through (but still triggered several yawns which I assume were of the contagious variety!) LOL

      I also discovered that I'm a pandiculate yawner as I love to stretch during a yawn unless I'm trying to suppress it so I don't offend anyone.

      Voted up across the board. Congrats on earning HOTD.

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Jennifer Stone - Thanks for the congrats and for your comments! Just reading all these "yawn" words is about to set me off on a yawning spree! :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      mwilliams66 - Thanks so much for your comments and well wishes! As long as the yawning frenzy doesn't lead to people nodding off while reading, I guess it's o.k. :) Glad you found this enjoyable!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Christin53 - Thanks so much for the read and your comment! I think I can add one more thing to the list of things that cause people to yawn! :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Mandarmk9 - There are several conflicting theories about the causes of yawning, but one thing is certain - it's contagious! Glad you enjoyed my hub. Thanks for your comments!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Cathleena Beams - Thanks for holding off on yawning till after you read my article - I noticed that many here just yawned right on through it! :) Glad you enjoyed; thanks for your comments!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      RTalloni - I guess I should have added an "all of the above" option to my poll! I agree, waiting makes me yawn...I'm not a patient waiter! Thanks for stopping by to comment!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Happyboomernurse - Glad you liked the tiger picture! I loved it when I came across it, and thought it would be so much more interesting than a human in the midst of a yawn! Thanks so much for stopping by to read and comment! I appreciate your votes and well wishes!

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      Tim Mitchell 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Congratulations. Awesome article inspiring one to pause and consider the yawn. A very informative hub offering both intrigue and facts supporting that mystery most overlook. I would think those who read this will be watching for the yawn as the day progresses. I like humor proposed with the solutions, yet it is the garden that changes a yawn to a smile. Have a great day, Stephanie and thank you for the contribution . . .

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      CCahill 4 years ago from England

      Well ive learnt a new word. Pandiculation!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Tsmog - Thanks so much for the congratulations and for your thoughtful comments! Who can yawn while smiling? And I'm smiling now at your comments! :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      CCahill - Glad to hear that you've found some new information in my hub! Pandiculation was new to me, too. Now that I've added it to my vocabulary, I just wish I could use it in Scrabble sometime...a little too long, perhaps... Thanks so much for stopping in to read and comment!

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

      Okay, Steph - now how do I quit yawning after reading the word (power of suggestion) and seeing the pictures here? Congrats on your HOTD! Fun and interesting hub!

      Excuse me while I continue my morning pandiculation!

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      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      I have been yawning ever since I saw that yawning tiger/Hub of the Day photo and the whole time I read this really interesting hub. I've always considered myself a contagious yawner; within seconds of seeing a yawn or hearing or reading about yawning, I yawn. As a matter of fact, the thought of yawning makes me yawn. And the more I type the word "yawn" I realize it is as odd sounding as pandiculation. Fun and interesting hub. Congrats on HOTD!

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      My dogs yawn when the seem to sense contentment and security, as when the sit in my lap. When I see others yawn, it makes me have the impulse to do so. I have heard that it is also the body's way in supplying needed oxygen and may occur when we are deprived of same.

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      Comfort Babatola 4 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      I just couldn't help but yawn (didn't keep a count) all through the reading of this hub. You triggered it!

      Thanks for sharing (yawning again), and congrats on the HOTD award!

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      Fantastic hub Stephanie! I'd heard of some of these causes for yawning before but many you presented here were new to me. Congrats on the HOTD!! Take care, Kelley

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Kelleyward - Glad you found something new and interesting in my yawning hub, Kelley! Thanks so much for our comments and congrats!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      ComfortB - Thanks for sharing your comments and yawns! Glad I could have something to do with both! :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Whonunuwho - It's interesting that your dogs yawn when they feel secure in your lap. Perhaps it's a form of empathy with you if you are feeling content and secure while they are close to you? Thanks for stopping in to comment!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Ktrapp - That giant tiger yawn can get anyone yawning, can't it? Thanks for your well wishes and your great comments. I was pleased and surprised to see my hub awarded HOTD this morning! Now THAT woke me up! :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Marcy Goodfleisch - Isn't it amazing that just the word "yawn" can make us visualize yawning...and then make us powerless to suppress our yawns! Thanks for the congrats and for stopping by to comment...and pandiculate a bit!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Informative and humorous. Way to go on Hub of the Day!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      I always thought lack of oxygen inside our lungs makes us yawn. But it is interesting to note that there are more reasons.

      Stephanie, congrats for well deserved hub of the day.

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Stephanie, informative and fun! Voted up and shared.

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      Steve Mitchell 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      Hey Stephanie,

      congratulations on your Hub of The Day.......awesome. I wrote a hub, ( not as concise as this on I must admit). Let me know and we could link up?

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      dragupine 4 years ago

      that is so cool. Thank you for sharing this awesome and informative hub!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Dragupine - I'm so glad you enjoyed my hub on What Causes Yawning! Thanks for the read and for your comment!

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      diggnet 4 years ago from US

      Hahaaa its so funny :))

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      Poshcoffeco - Thanks for the congrats and your comment. Linking is good...let's do! :)

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      Jools99 - Thanks for stopping by to read and comment! I appreciate the votes and the share! :)

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      Diggnet - Glad you enjoyed my hub on What causes yawning. Thanks for your comment!

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      Vinaya Ghimire - I was surprised, too, at the different reasons for yawning. Thanks for stopping in to comment and for your congratulations! I was so pleased to see this hub selected as hub of the day!

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      Victoria Lynn - Glad that you found my hub on yawning informative and funny! Thanks so much for your comment and good wishes!

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      One thing is certain....seeing that yawn ....makes me want to

      Y A W N

      Cool picture for sure.

      You pretty well covered all of the yawning triggers, Stephanie. I am yawning now as I find the power of suggestion a trigger that makes me yawn.

      Congrats for you on Hub of the Day and pinned.

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      JS Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I just yawned at least 6 times while reading this (and not because this was boring!) What an awesome educational Hub! I like the facts and reasons for yawning. Congratulations on the Hub of the Day! Well deserved! Up and shared.

      JSMatthew~

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Pstraubie48 - Yawning and talking about yawning does trigger more yawning...I'm fighting a yawn right now! Thanks so much for the read and the pin!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      J.S.Matthew - Haha...you even counted your yawns? I wonder if the number of yawns directly relates to the interest in this article? :) Thanks so much for you kind comments and for the share!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Congrats! Reading about yawning made me yawn!!

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      JS Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Your welcome! I enjoyed the article and found it very interesting! JS~

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      Nettlemere 4 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      Love the word pandiculate, I hope to remember that. I yawn when I'm particularly anxious to the extent of making my eyes water sometimes. I've only (knowingly) met one other person that yawn with anxiety and would be interested to know if it affects other readers.

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      Liz Elias 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

      I have heard that it is an attempt to stay focused, even if bored...(could explain all the classroom yawning.. ) ;-)

      Unfortunately, I am one of those susceptible to the contagion of yawning, so this article had me doing it quite a bit as I read and re-read the word! Ugh!

      That's not to say your article was boring--it was, in fact, most interesting.

      Congrats on HOTD--Voted up across the board!

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      Kelley1987 4 years ago from Georgia

      I really liked this hub, very interesting! I also yawned four times reading this :), I couldn't just help myself. Oops, just yawned a fifth time. Great article and the pandiculation picture is hilarious. I was also very surprised to find out that infants and small children are not contagious yawners. Next time I am around a small child, I may test this fact out on them ;)

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      Cindy Murdoch 4 years ago from Texas

      I am fighting the desire to yawn right now, and have since I started reading. I wonder if I will make it thru the next five minutes.

      And it won't be cause this was a boring topic. I thoroughly enjoyed this hub. Great answer to a great question. Congratulations on hub of the day!

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      How interesting. Can't yawn from boredom on this one. Particularly intriguing is the fact about the autistic not responding to yawns, so this would be a by product of a communication disorder. Congrats on your honor. What a fantastic Hub!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Congrats on HOTD! I don't know how I missed this one before, but I enjoyed it this time around! I love your reasons to yawn. I voted this UP, etc.

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      Ann810 4 years ago from Sunny Cali

      Hi Stephanie, Very well written article. Guess yawning is contagious in some cases; I yawned about 5 times just reading this very interesting article. Voted up, thanks.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I usually yawn when I'm tired because I'm sleep deprived. Thanks for the tips and info on why I really could be yawning. I know for sure I would never run if I ever bumped into a tiger such as your photo...I'd run like heck! Congrats on your HOD!:)

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Audrey Howitt - Haha...hope it didn't put you to sleep! Thanks for stopping by to read! :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Nettlemore - Yawning when anxious...that's an interesting reaction. Now I'm also curious to know if others yawn while anxious. We'll do our own yawn study!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      DzyMsLizzy - Glad you found this article interesting even if it did set off bouts of yawning! I can believe that yawning is an attempt to stay focused. Gosh, it must be tough to be a teacher and see students yawning. How do you stop yourself from yawning in return? :) Thanks for the comment and thanks for the good wishes!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Sunshine625 - Awww...don't be afraid of the cute pussycat! :) Thanks so much for stopping in to read and comment on my hub!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Ann810 - It's been interesting to hear how many times people yawn while reading my article on yawning. If I didn't know that yawning is contagious, even when reading about it, I might be concerned! :) Thanks for stopping in to read and comment!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Kelley1987 - I was also surprised that young children aren't contagious yawners. It does make you want to go out and test this, doesn't it? :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Homesteadbound - Glad you enjoyed my hub about yawning! Thanks for your comment and well wishes!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      rebeccamealey - I'm so glad you found my article on yawning interesting. Thanks so much for your very kind comments!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Mary615 - I'm so glad you found my hub and enjoyed it! Thanks so much for your comments and votes!

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      Ambyotic 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      What a great idea for a Hub! And very well thought out and entertaining :) I loved your fact section... I learned so much (and didn't get bored)! Many, many ups and likes!

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      Liz Elias 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

      P.S. I'm thinking it may also have something to do with not breathing correctly, or improper posture that inhibits full breaths? Because I have found that I cannot read aloud without yawning about every other sentence. It made it nearly impossible to do the wonderful reading to my kids that my mom did for me.....

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      Melissa Flagg 4 years ago from Rural Central Florida

      Dang it, I tried so hard not to yawn while reading this!! Dang it, there I go again!! This was a fantastic hub, and I actually learned quite a bit. Voted up and shared!! (PS: my dog is a contagious yawner! lol)

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Stephanie.....This is great! Just the other day, my 10 yr. old grandson was discussing yawning and sneezing! He asked me how much I knew about either........he's quite the mature little genius. Sure wish I'd have read this hub before then! Next time he's here, I'll have him read your hub. He'll love it.

      I yawn a lot real early in the a.m. right after getting out of bed....I wake up slowly.......very slowly. I think that's commonly referred to as "not a morning person.".......Then I begin to yawn after a busy day and evening...which is my signal, I guess, that it's time for Night-night!!

      Like this hub very much! UP +++

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      fpherj48 - How great that your grandson is so curious! I hope he enjoys the facts about yawning. I'll bet he tries to get everyone around him to yawn contagiously! :) Thanks so much for stopping by to read and for your comments!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Daughter of Maat - Doesn't it seem that the harder you try not to yawn, the more you want to do it? Hahaha...so you did the pooch test for contagious yawning? Thanks for stopping by to read and comment!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Ambyotic - I'm so glad you enjoyed my hub on causes of yawning! Thanks so much for your comments and votes!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      DzyMsLizzy - I never thought about posture playing a part in the need to yawn, but it makes sense when you think that poor posture might inhibit oxygen intake... good point!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Shutupandstudy - I first heard the word "pandiculate" while researching this article. It's always fun to learn new vocabulary!

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      Old Empresario 4 years ago

      Thanks for writing this interesting essay on something we all have in common, but rarely think about. I always thought the body's physical reason for yawning might have something to do with the inner ear or our making our ears more prepared to hear distant sounds. If you're in a pressurized airplane at 30,000 ft and have a cold with head congestion and your ears need to pop, you may find yawning very difficult.

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      haikutwinkle 4 years ago

      I like the 'Art of Pandiculation' ... inspires me to write a Haiku about it ;)

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      Ayman 4 years ago

      I always intended to know about yawning.......Thanks to your hub i got my answers.....Gr8 work.

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Ayman - I'm glad you found my article about yawning informative! Thanks for visiting my hub and for your comments!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      haikutwinkle - Hmmm...a Haiku about pandiculation...now that will be something new and different! :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Old Empresario - I would imagine that yawning in a pressurized airplane with head congestion would be painful! Luckily, most of our yawning goes on under better, and more relaxed, conditions.

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Stephanie-GREAT HUB-had me intrigued and smiling all the way. Not sure how I missed the first round, but was glad to see it posted as the HOTD a few days back. It was truly enjoyable. I love the humor/information mix you offer in your writing. :) Up and AWESOME

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Denise Handlon - Thanks Denise! I know with your hectic schedule you probably have a few more reasons to yawn - glad that this gave you a smile!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Hmm, pandiculation in the morning and contagious yawning in the afternoon?

      Very interesting information Stephanie. Seems everyone has a theory about yawning so its nice to know some facts and judging by the comments you've gotten it looks like lots of folks agree...good hub, good info! Now I won't feel so guilty when I yawn.

      Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Tillsontitan - No need to feel guilty when you yawn - it's an involuntary response to any of a number of triggers. Just enjoy that morning pandiculation! :)

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Stephanie, I tried desperately not to yawn when I read the word yawn, but no, it happened! lol! strange isn't it? fascinating hub, and so interesting, I did read that it was caused by lack of oxygen as you said, but yes it doesn't really make sense, wonderful, and yes I just yawned again! lol!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Nell Rose - Now that I've imagined you yawning, I'm trying to suppress a yawn, too! Isn't it odd? Thanks for stopping by to read and yawn!

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      Levertis Steele 4 years ago from Southern Clime

      I read your topic, looked at your tiger, and yawned. So, yawning triggers yawning. Fatigue does, too. By the time I finished reading your hub, I had yawned about 10 times, and I am still yawning. I am also more relaxed. Another yawn. Sometimes we react to things by reciprocating. Laughter makes me laugh. Sadness makes me sad. Love makes me love. Yawning makes me yawn. Another yawn and another.

      Thanks for a yawning good time. Another yawn , , , ,

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Hi Stephanie, finally made it here after my long day and of course the one of the first words I read, 'yawn' makes me indeed do that!! Seriously loved this article and your story about high school and your friend did bring back some memories for me as well, because I truly did have some amazingly boring teachers, who could trigger the yawn in just about anyone. Great job here and I of course voted, shared and tweeted too!!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      I didn't yawn once while reading about yawns. I think something's wrong with me. I still have a pulse, so I'm not dead. Perhaps, I was simply stimulated by the article! That has to be it! Great Job!

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      nanderson500 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      It's truly amazing how contagious yawning is! I feel like yawning too!

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      This is an excellent article! And, no - it didn't make me yawn! It was long enough with interesting facts and information, yet short enough to keep me entertained. Thanks for a great article! Well worth of the HOTD! :)

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      Joshua Nyamache 4 years ago from Kenya

      I yawn when I'm hungry or bored. But there are a times I yawn without any reason, perhaps it is natural.

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      Rema T V 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi Stephanie,

      We yawn several times a day (especially when someone else yawns) yet never give it any more thought, but you have handled this simple topic so beautifully and given your readers a lot of information. Thank you. Sharing it all over the place. Cheers, Rema.

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      James Kenny 4 years ago from Birmingham, England

      What a fascinating hub! I tend to yawn mostly when I'm at work. I always assumed that I yawned because I was bored. But reading this made me realise that I probably yawn because my brain needs to cool down, because I essentially work inside a greenhouse which can get very hot at times. Thanks for this Stephanie. Voted up etc.

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      First of all, congrats on the HOTD! You have done a great job writing this hub. It was very interesting and useful. I didn't know much about yawning but I learned much by reading your hub. I don't know how to stop yawning now. :)

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Just looking at the yawners on this page made me yawn :o) Interesting hub.

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Levertis Steele - So yawning tigers trigger your yawns? :) I agree that we often react to things by reciprocating...good point. Now, before I start uncontrollable yawing, let me thank you for stopping in to comment!

      Janine Huldie - Thanks so much Janine! It's bad enough to have to sit through a boring class, no less have your friends encourage the yawning! Glad you enjoyed the article. Thanks for the votes and shares!

      Rcrumple - Glad to hear that the article stimulated you, but watch out for the delayed reaction! Thanks for stopping in!

      nanderson500 - I know that I am very prone to contagious yawning. I'm having a hard time not yawning just answering the comments here!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Made and Jools99 - Thanks for your kind comments - I'm glad you found it interesting and useful.

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      Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

      A very impressive former hub of the day.....it is amazing how little I knew about such a common thing as yawning.....thanks for an informative and entertaining hub. Voted up and interesting.

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Cogerson - I'm so glad that you found this interesting and informative. I'm sure it also made you yawn...hope that was a good thing! Thanks so much for your comments and for sharing!

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      KDuBarry03 4 years ago

      I can see why this got HOTD...I had to have yawned at least over ten times! Great read and very interesting, Steph!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      KDuBarry03 - Isn't contagious yawning something else? I think I've yawned every time I've replied to a comment here...oh, oh, here I go again... :)

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      Nichol marie 2 years ago from The Country-Side

      Great hub and so many fun facts,very original,look forward to reading more of your hubs voted up!

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      Stephanie Henkel 2 years ago from USA

      Chuckandus6 - Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it. Funnily enough, I had a couple of days of uncontrollable yawing recently...haven't pinpointed the cause, yet. Perhaps I'm boring myself?

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