The Surprising Hidden Dangers About Yawning That You Should Know

By on August 16, 2018

While it’s convenient to blame your persistent yawning to a late night, excessive drinking, lack of sleep or one of the several other modern-day sleep-related issues we face, excessive yawning could a sign of some of some very serious health issues.

Although yawning is a natural process, too much of it could very well be signifying a more serious underlying problem, especially when it becomes a part of your daily routine.

Here are some signs that explain why yawning could be a more serious indication of an underlying problem and not just a feeling of being tired:

Indicates a drop in your blood pressure and heart rate

This happens when the part of the nervous system that is responsible for the regulation of blood pressure and heart rate is compromised. This happens when you are in a stressful situation. The drop in blood pressure and heart rate limits the blood from reaching the brain. In such a situation, the body automatically tries to up its oxygen intake by yawning.

Medications that make you sleepy can lead to excessive yawning. These medications may include antidepressants, antihistamines and some serotonin uptake inhibitors.

Can indicate liver disease
The last stage of liver disease can also cause excessive yawning. Fatigue experienced at this time is responsible for the same.

If you’re suffering from multiple sclerosis
Studies show people who are suffering from this condition have a tendency to yawn excessively. People with MS have thermoregulatory dysfunction where they are unable to control their body temperature. Yawning tends to cool down their body temperature.

Is indicative of sleeping disorders, not just a lack of sleep

Insomnia or sleep apnea, the most common sleep disorders can lead to excessive tiredness and thus be yawning.

Can even indicate a brain tumour
Studies say that a brain tumour may lead to excessive yawning and can be linked to the lesions in the brain stem. Yawning can also be a result of compression of the pituitary gland.

A drop in your blood glucose levels can cause excessive yawning
Excessive yawning can be the primary signal of hypoglycaemia in diabetics. Hypoglycaemia occurs when the blood glucose level falls below 72mg/dL.

Your brain needs some cooling down
Yawning is often known as the body’s natural mechanism to cool down. Taking deep breaths helps bring up cooler air from the lungs to move the blood that might be a little too hot for your brains to handle.

It can signify epilepsy, rarely though

Epileptic seizures that cause permanent brain damage to end up sending out signals. One of the signals is excessive yawning, however this a rare occurrence.

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