Do you find yourself yawning all the time? You may yawn simply because someone around you has yawned. A study conducted at Duke University in Durham, NC, found that almost half of adults are affected by contagious yawning. In a few rare cases, constant yawning can also be a symptom of a medical problem caused by heart disease, brain disease or multiple sclerosis. The disorder, sleep apnea, which causes frequent interruptions in breathing during sleep, can also cause yawning the next day.
For most people who find themselves yawning all the time, it simply means that you are fatigued and didn't get enough sleep. Sleep researchers believe that most adults need somewhere between seven and nine hours of sleep per night to be alert during the day. For those who are sleep-deprived, exhaustion from lack of sleep is often the result. In addition, M. Safwan Badr, MD, and a past president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, in Darien Illinois, has reported that research shows those who sleep poorly often are poor judges of their level of alertness. Dr. Badr, described one study in which, sleep-deprived adults reported feeling alert but took twice as long to make correct decisions as did those who said they were well rested.
Good quality sleep is important. In this blog are several articles on sleep hygiene which can give you some action items to improve your sleep. In addition, a session of hypnotherapy can be a valuable to tool to improve insomnia and BE WELL.