Stop Constant Yawning: It Causes Low Brain O2 and CO2
Causes of yawning a lot
The central cause of excessive yawning or yawning a lot is low CO2 (carbon dioxide) and oxygen levels in brain cells. Most modern people constantly have low brain and body oxygenation. Let us consider why.
The physiological norm for breathing at rest
(for adults) is only 6 L/min. This means that modern people breathe about 2
times more air than the norm, and almost 3 times more than people living 80-100
years ago, when constant yawning was a very rare complaint.
Overbreathing means that there are excessive losses
of CO2. This causes spasm or constriction
of arteries and reduced perfusion of all vital organs
(the brain and heart too) and reduced O2 delivery. Therefore,
modern people suffer from low CO2 and O2 levels in body
and brain cells. CO2, as dozens of clinical studies proved, is a
potent sedative and tranquilizer of the nerve cells (see links below), while O2
is also crucial for normal nerve cell function.
These brain abnormalities can lead to poor sleep, a lack of deep stages of sleep that provides deep mental and muscular recovery and relaxation. This often leads to sleep apnea (disordered breathing during sleep) that results in sleepiness during the day and yawning a lot. Often common outcomes are headaches with anxiety. Many people develop heart problems as well.
Now we know the main cause of excessive
yawning. Yawning a lot means that you likely have less than 20 s for the body O2 test. It is known that overbreathing has some features of being
contagious, but what about yawning?
Is yawning contagious?
There are theories and observations that suggest that yawning is a
contagious form of social behavior present in many wild animals. Surely,
when driven by a natural desire to sleep, yawning is contagious.
However, millions of people experience constant yawning every day even
when they are alone or surrounded by people who do not yawn at all.
In order to stop yawning, one can apply a simple breathing
exercise that eliminates this symptom in about 1 minute and
provides the body with much more energy in 2-3 minutes.
How to stop yawning a lot (breathing treatment)
After your usual exhalation, start breath holding until you get a desire
to breathe more. For relatively healthy and fit people, this breath holding
can be done until a medium desire to breathe. After breath holding, you need
to accumulate CO2 using the breathing pattern shown here:
Take a smaller (shorter) inhalation using the diaphragm or abdominal muscles and
then relax to exhale. Maintain this pattern for about 1-2 minutes.
This exercise increases brain and body O2 and CO2 levels by nearly 10-20%. These numbers
look small, but it is enough for most cases to reset the breathing center in the
brain to easier and regular breathing without the desire to yawn. For
many people, as mentioned above, even doing a longer breath hold helps a lot (if
it is safe to do) to stop constant yawning.
This symptom (yawning a lot) disappears when your brain and body O2 is over
a certain number for the the body oxygen test. In order to achieve this, one
needs to get rid of excessive
breathing and learn how to breathe slower and less (or closer to the medical
norm). The exact number is provided as your bonus content.
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