advertisement
Updated 18 September 2013

Why do we yawn?

Involuntary and soothing, everybody does it from unborn babies to the wildest of animals.

0

Involuntary and soothing, everybody does it from unborn babies to the wildest of animals.

Yawning, often triggered by fatigue or boredom , is the inhalation of air with our mouths wide open. But why do we yawn? There are many theories over the years to try and figure out the core reason.

Here is a video of ideas and theories on why we yawn:

(Compiled by Tashreeq Vardien, Health24, January 2013)

Read More:

Foetuses yawn in the womb

 
advertisement

Get a quote

advertisement

Read Health24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Live healthier

Cure your cough »

Diagnosing a chronic cough The most abused over-the-counter drug in SA Five of the weirdest things to cause a cough

Why are you coughing?

A cough can be a symptom of a wide variety of different health conditions, ranging from a foreign body to infective diseases and even cancer.

Watch out! »

How to make a prosthetic eye Woman loses eyesight after mud run Eye care during pregnancy

9 health warnings you can pick up from your eyes

The eyes are not only for seeing - they can reveal secrets to underlying health issues. Take a careful look and see if you have any of these symptoms, and if you do, head off to the doctor straight away.