Is yawning contagious?You can not stop yawning?

sleeping - tired or not?
@icesmile (7172)
Romania
February 20, 2010 4:39pm CST
You yawning ever gave up your tears? Just as seeing or hearing someone else yawn makes us yawn. Which is the real reason for that yawning is contagious? You yawning when you're bored ,when you are sleepy, or don t yawning unless you see somebody that yawning??
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@madteaparty (2761)
• Japan
21 Feb 10
Yawning is really contagious but I don't know why. Once I start I can't really stop, as I will feel more and more like yawning. I usually yawn when I'm bored or when I'm sleepy, but being bored makes me sleepy, so I guess it's all related in some way.
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@icesmile (7172)
• Romania
21 Feb 10
Is contagious, because is like a communicaton between peoples, and yes, is my opinion too, that is a kind of boring moments, or a rainy day, or when we feel sleepy
• Japan
21 Feb 10
So many ways of communication. Isn't the human race something amazing?
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@icesmile (7172)
• Romania
21 Feb 10
so many ways of communication, but so little used by the people ..
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
21 Feb 10
Yawning is always contagious or so it is for me, Every time I see, hear, or even think of someone yawning I will end up yawning just like I am right now..twice since starting to respond..lol Funny how that happens..I yawn more when tired or bored then any other time..
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@icesmile (7172)
• Romania
21 Feb 10
cat sleeping - this cat is so sleepy
look in this picture...this make you yawning? for me is contagious for sure...and make me so sleepy...
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
22 Feb 10
Yes, even that photo caused me to yawn and three times since just thinking about it..lolI will probably get off here and go lay down for awhile..since I feel very tired today.
@avani26 (1521)
• India
28 Feb 10
It surely is contagious coz reading your post only has made me yawn a lot and no I am not bored infact I am reading all the discussions and thinking which one to reply to and no I am not sleepy
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@icesmile (7172)
• Romania
28 Feb 10
I hope that you think that is contagious, you don t yawn now because my discussion is boring....after a week i start to yawning too, when i read again my discussion...
@shaggin (37643)
• United States
21 Feb 10
Wow that is really funny because athough I just woke up from a nap and am no longer tired when I read the words is yawning contagious immediately I yawned. I remember years ago probably 15 years ago the lady who took care of my grandmother was the one who pointed out that if you see someone yawn it makes you yawn so she called it contagious as well. I have no idea what its about that causes it I think it must just be some kind of automatic response we get without our body planning it.
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@icesmile (7172)
• Romania
21 Feb 10
yes, is something like communication, as somebody say"friendly yawn"; but for sure that is very contagious .
@umabharti (3976)
• India
21 Feb 10
hi,many times this happens with everyone but it doesnt give a good impression .it is better we use something like a handkerchif while doing that yawning.It would not be good manners where ever we are either it is friends or others.
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@icesmile (7172)
• Romania
21 Feb 10
good manners of course, but you will yawning too, is contagious for sure...everything what is natural, will let a goo impresions, i don t see myself hide just because i start yawning; i ll try to yawning with so much grace...
@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
21 Feb 10
dear ice, it sure is contagious. i get to yawn when i see people yawning themselves. i wonder. thank you. have a nice day. ann
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@icesmile (7172)
• Romania
21 Feb 10
is like a kind of communication between humans, is a imitation, fpr sure that is contagious,
@illfavors (592)
• United States
21 Feb 10
It's really odd, but for some reason when someone else yawns, I end up yawning too. I don't know the reasoning behind it. It just seems to be contagious and I can't help it when someone else yawns because it makes me yawn too even if I am not tired or bored.
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@icesmile (7172)
• Romania
21 Feb 10
you right, sometimes people can t control theirs reactions and yawning is one of this reactions
@cycomz (72)
• Philippines
21 Feb 10
Yeah..yawning is contagious... when I see somebody yawn, I am always tempted to do the same.. I make fun of my friend by yawning intentionally in front of them and they do the same..not only yawning..maybe you can try facing in front of some people who see you standing in front of them..then try cleaning you eyes like your trying to remove some mote..observe them, they will also do it..hahaha.. just try, it's funny..
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@icesmile (7172)
• Romania
21 Feb 10
hi, i try it be sure, in real life i am a person who like laugh a lot, when i see humans reactions, i love humans and all what they make unvoluntary.
@pandaeyes (2068)
21 Feb 10
I think yawning is contagious. If I yawn in front of my cat,he will yawn straight away. It is a reflex action I think. Even hearing the word 'yawning' makes me want to yawn. When you are tired you are trying to get more oxygen and also if you aren't well but it must be something that is programmed into us as far as copying it is concerned.
@icesmile (7172)
• Romania
21 Feb 10
so sleeping - even pets yawning
I think it is a kind of imitation, communication between two people sleepy, yes, you're right, my cat make me to helmet too, and my dog just when headset will automatically start and I could helmet, unintentionally ...
• Philippines
21 Feb 10
hehehe its really me yawning contagious, they said that if you see a person yawning and that person near from you, you'll yawn without knowing even your not sleepy... they called it "friendly yawn" and some says if your losing air in your brain thats time you'll keep yawning, i dont know but that was the scientific explanation.
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@icesmile (7172)
• Romania
21 Feb 10
is right, is contagious, i like this "friendly yawn", yes, the scientists say that is needs to oxygen in blood.
@elitess (5072)
• Ipswich, England
21 Feb 10
Hi there Ice Smile. There have been studies last years about yawning and about the fact that there are about 78% chances of another person yawning when he sees one doing so. I personally believe that there is a chance of over 90% of yawning when you see a person doing so, especially in the morning when you are in the subway and people look like they would rather be at home sleeping than here. Yawning is explained medically as a reason for leveling the pressure in the head (if i remember correctly) so it is perfectly fine to do so.
@icesmile (7172)
• Romania
21 Feb 10
i think that are chances 99% to another person to start to yawning..i am one from this 99%...
@marianna45 (1400)
• Romania
21 Feb 10
Hi, is contagious,and is unvoluntary too. I know that a yawn is a reflex of inhalation and exhalation that draws more oxygen into the bloodstream. the doctors say that is our body needs to have more oxygen , so is a sign that blood, and in special brain need more oxygen. But yawning is associated with boredom and sleeping from people.
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@icesmile (7172)
• Romania
21 Feb 10
is a unvoluntary of course, and you right, seems that yawning is not a sleeping sign, is maybe something medical explanation...
@nijolechu (1845)
• Canada
21 Feb 10
I really do think that yawning is contagious. I find that the times I yawn is when I am bored with something or someone. The other times I would just be tired from not having enough sleep the night before. I think I remember seeing on the news that if someone else yawns you are more likely to yawn too. I know it does sound kinda weird.
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@icesmile (7172)
• Romania
21 Feb 10
you are right, but doctors say that is a need of oxygen in the blood, but i think that is a kind of boredom, or sleepy moments...and all this are so contagious..
@cream97 (29166)
• United States
20 Feb 10
Hi, icesmile. I have yawned when others would yawn too. It would make me feel very sleepy. I think it has an effect on someone that is tired that does not look tired. When I am very sleepy, my eyes do tend to water some. It has been like this for many years for me. I usually yawn when I am tired and sleepy. I never yawn just to be yawning.
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@icesmile (7172)
• Romania
20 Feb 10
is whjat you feel, but doctors say that is not because we are sleepy, is talk about just about oxygen level in our blood.
• United States
20 Feb 10
This is so true with me and yawning. I hate to have someone around me yawning. I can't stop and I get all tire and sleepy. I even get mad if it is one of my friend who is doing it. I don't like to constantly yawn till tears are coming out of my eyes.
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@icesmile (7172)
• Romania
20 Feb 10
But you know, to yawn is not a sign that you are sleepy or bored, is a sign that somebody don t have a good level of oxygen in his brain
@MrKennedy (1994)
20 Feb 10
It's really weird, and something I would like to know an explanation to, why yawning is so contagious I yawn in all kinds of situations, like when I am bored or when I am tired. Even reading this discussion has given me the urge to yawn
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@icesmile (7172)
• Romania
20 Feb 10
Is contagious, even you talk about this, or if you look in picture i post here, ..is like a kind of communication..
@kaylayoe (295)
• United States
20 Feb 10
I yawn when I have a headache. I mean I will yawn every 5 minutes. My grandma says that it's because it brings oxygen to the brain and the reason I have a headache may be not enough oxygen. I also yawn when others do. I think everyone does. It's something psychological. Same with hiccups. Only the first hiccup is real. The rest are just your brain repeating it's self.
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@icesmile (7172)
• Romania
20 Feb 10
hi, is a kind of communication...you are right, to yawning is not a sign that you are tire or bored, is just a sign that you don t have oxygen in brain; and doctors say that can be a sign for many desease
@besthope44 (12145)
• India
10 Apr 10
Well, i usually have tears when i have a big yawn.Yes yawning is contagious, even on a phone, when my wife yawns and next few seconds i get that..i am sure how true it is but i experienced it myself.
• Estonia
28 Feb 10
I've heard that yawning is a way that our brain cools itself down. We breath in a lot of air at a time and it lowers the temperature in our heads. However, I sometimes find myself yawning continuously for a dozen of minutes. Is my brain really that hot then? I doubt. Don't know why, but I sometimes also start to yawn when I see or hear somebody doing that. That's strange.