CONTAGIOUS But not Dangerous!

@mikyung (2234)
Philippines
June 26, 2012 10:46am CST
We all know that yawning is a natural reflex. Animals are yawning too. This can be related when we are sleepy, tired, bored, or stressed. It makes me wonder why yawning can be infectious. They say that it is triggered by seeing, hearing someone who is yawning. Have you heard of sympathetic yawning? Have you ever experienced it? Bizarre but true. Thanks
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13 responses
@celticeagle (118551)
• Boise, Idaho
26 Jun 12
So that's what they call it! Sympathetic yawning. I used to do alot of that at work. Experienced it alot. Fatigue is the culprit. Animals are so cute doing it. I have sleeping problems and I find I yawn when I am actually getting tired and know I can sleep soon. Bizarre?
@mikyung (2234)
• Philippines
27 Jun 12
I keep on yawning a while ago at work. I'm surprised, my co-worker yawned also. That made me smile and think about this discussion. Thanks
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@celticeagle (118551)
• Boise, Idaho
19 Jul 12
That is funny.
@mikyung (2234)
• Philippines
14 Aug 12
Even this is an old discussion, I can't help but smile or even laugh when I come to remember such. Thanks
• Jacksonville, Florida
26 Jun 12
I hate when this happens to me! Every time anyone else yawns I do it too. I just want to not have to yawn just because someone else does. Lol. It drives me crazy.
@mikyung (2234)
• Philippines
27 Jun 12
I wish I could yawn out. Thanks
@mikyung (2234)
• Philippines
4 Jul 12
Hi LilyLoretta. It's really contagious, isn't it? Thanks
@much2say (39621)
• United States
26 Jun 12
I have heard of this, and I believe it happens . . . but strangely, I hardly ever yawn these days (as tired as I am with my two little ones - ha ha). I also hear that yawning can be due to lack of oxygen in your system . . . I do a lot of breathing exercises when I think of it (otherwise I get bad migraine headaches during a certain time of the month) . . so maybe that's why I don't yawn so much?
@much2say (39621)
• United States
26 Jun 12
Oh and here's my sympathetic yawn
@mikyung (2234)
• Philippines
27 Jun 12
Nice one much2say
@STOUTjodee (3460)
• United States
4 Nov 12
Even reading this discussion, I want to yawn! Yes, I have witnessed this and usually I'm the first start this trend.
@mikyung (2234)
• Philippines
5 Nov 12
Nice to know that you are one of those who witness this phenomena first hand. Thanks
@meozard22 (872)
• Philippines
6 Jul 12
yawning is indeed good for our body especially our lungs because it helps stretch the muscles in our lungs and lets more oxygen enter our body. When we see somebody yawn, we tend to yawn also because it our body's way of reminding us that we need to yawn.
@mikyung (2234)
• Philippines
18 Jul 12
You are right there meozard. Thanks
@ifa225 (11098)
• Indonesia
4 Jul 12
Hehe..you have a good sight on this i don't understand why it happens too is there any research about this i am curious to know
@mikyung (2234)
• Philippines
4 Jul 12
I agree with Lily. Thanks
@joevanosa (303)
• Philippines
3 Jul 12
i ma so sorry but i do not know what sympathetic yawning. i heard from a friend that people will yawn if you will yawn this is related to oxygenation.
@mikyung (2234)
• Philippines
4 Jul 12
You can see a lot in the internet regarding sympathetic yawning. Thanks
@lady1993 (18435)
• Philippines
29 Jun 12
Yeah, i think i read it on a magazine, K-zone, in their trivia part that yawning is very powerful, since even reading the world will make yu yawn and seeing people yawn will make you yawn too.. it is true, i just prevented myself from yawning when i read your post.
@mikyung (2234)
• Philippines
2 Jul 12
Thanks lady1993. You make me smile
@stanley777 (7177)
• Philippines
27 Jun 12
I don't know if yawning is infectious or maybe I'm not observant. But it is a normal response when we feel sleepy, tired or weary. The involuntary opening of our mouth while taking a long deep breath of air. Haven't heard of sympathetic yawning though but it could be true as a normal reflex.
@mikyung (2234)
• Philippines
2 Jul 12
You may observe one of this stanley to prove it. Thanks
@pahak627 (4198)
• Philippines
26 Jun 12
I agree with you, yawning is contagious and I just knew sympathetic yawning from your discussion. Can you explain how it happened to be called so?
@mikyung (2234)
• Philippines
27 Jun 12
There are several studies that explains to this. There might be a scientific basis for this one. We all know that the brains controls everything, it dictates any action that body will follow. Some are involuntary and others are voluntary. Sympathetic yawning is an involuntary thing. Thanks
@Bhebelen14 (5206)
• Philippines
26 Jun 12
Yes, it's very contagious. I have experienced yawning infront of the my professor before while talking to her and she yawned too after me, we both laughing after that yawning incident. Now I am yawning because im little bit sleepy.
@mikyung (2234)
• Philippines
27 Jun 12
Funny Yawning infront of your professor. Hide it next time. Thanks
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
26 Jun 12
I have "caught" yawns from my dogs. I don't know what causes this phenomenon but it happens all the time. I know that researchers still don't understand it completely. At one time, I tried to find the answer but it simply does not exist. It's one of those human quirks that we just have to accept and not question, apparently. Maybe, one day researchers will find the exact cause of sympathetic yawns but, for now, we just have to accept that we don't have much control over them. When my sister and I were teenagers, we'd sometimes play a prank on our mother while she was doing something quiet like reading a book or watching TV. We'd both pretend to yawn, over and over again, while sitting close to our mother. We'd do this until she "caught" the yawns and began yawning herself, then we'd laugh, causing her to laugh and cut off her yawn. Of course, once your brain is set on yawning, it usually won't give up until you get that yawn out so she kept having to yawn and we'd laugh each time. When she finally told us to stop, we would, allowing her to finally get that yawn out. It was fun because she had a good sense of humor about it and knew were were just teasing.
@mikyung (2234)
• Philippines
27 Jun 12
I really enjoy reading this one mentalward. Thanks
@PageTurner (2827)
• United States
26 Jun 12
Hello mikyung I have experienced this sympathetic yawning phenonmenon. I have also read that yawning at a dog has a calming affect on the dog and the dog feels less threatened when someone yawns at it. I have tried this but can't really tell any difference. I have also tried yawning to see if my dog will yawn. Peace
@mikyung (2234)
• Philippines
27 Jun 12
That is so very nice. I really love dogs. I'm trying also to prove if my dog yawn and I will also yawn. Thanks