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Is Yawning Healthy?

Is Yawning Healthy?

Afraid to risk rudeness and let out a hearty yawn? Well, here’s an excuse to give Miss Manners a hissy fit: According to neuroscientist Andrew Newberg, MD, director of the Center for Spirituality and the Mind at the University of Pennsylvania, yawning is one of the best-kept health secrets. “If you want to maintain an optimum healthy brain, it is essential that you yawn,” says Newberg. The action stimulates neural movement in certain areas of the mind and regulates brain temperature and metabolism–all of which can increase muscle control, enhance sensuality, and even ward off jet lag. Newberg suggests yawning 10 times in a row every day, along with your regular workout or wellness routine.

A nightly yawning ritual can help you:

Chill out. Newberg says a good yawn can relax you more effectively than meditation. “More than simply calming the body, yawning brings the mind into a heightened state of cognitive functioning.”

Stay focused. “Yawning rids the brain of sleepiness, helping you keep your attention on important ideas and concepts,” says Newberg. So why do we start yawning before we hit the sack? Because it also helps regulate our internal clock: When we’re tired, yawning signals sleep.

Be more compassionate. Studies show yawning stimulates the part of the brain responsible for generating empathy and social awareness. So intentional yawning may actually strengthen our ability to be kind to others.

Read more: Health, Mental Wellness

By Danielle Winston, Natural Solutions

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6:29AM PDT on Apr 10, 2014

I read it was from the days we lived in caves and as yawns spread around the family they knew it was time to sleep or rest

11:37PM PST on Nov 21, 2013

Thanks for Sharing.

6:36PM PDT on Apr 8, 2013

Thank you Mel, for Sharing this!

6:10AM PDT on Apr 6, 2013

It's the easiest form of exercising

1:25AM PDT on Mar 31, 2013

well didn't know reason 3. thx.

12:21PM PDT on Mar 30, 2013

Thanks! I am yawning....

3:54AM PDT on Mar 30, 2013

good to know......why is yawning "infectious" ??, whenever i see someone else yawn i can't but help yawn myself!! or vice-versa !!!

3:27AM PDT on Mar 30, 2013

Interesting info

11:08AM PDT on Oct 15, 2012

I had to let my wife see this. "Yeah see. I'm not being rude, I'm being healthy."

2:10PM PDT on Oct 14, 2012

good to know

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