Why We Yawn

Understanding the surprising physiology and psychology of yawning

David Wyld
Mar 10 · 3 min read
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Yawning is a natural part of everyday life, yet this simple phenomenon has some rather curious and mysterious features.

To help you learn more about yawning, Dr. Sujay Kansagra, a sleep health consultant for Mattress Firm and the director of Duke University’s Pediatric Neurology Sleep Medicine Program, offers answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.

Why do I yawn?

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Do I yawn only when I’m sleepy?

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Why do I yawn when I see someone else yawning?

Why am I yawning right now?

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I frequently see dogs yawning. Do all animals yawn?

For more information about yawning, visit StopYawnTalking.info. (Family Features)

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