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Like most people recently, I’ve been watching the Winter Olympics on T.V.  While watching Apolo Ohno warm up for one of his Short Track races the other night, I noticed him yawning.  At first I was shocked. I couldn’t believe that he was so tired just before a race that he couldn’t resist the urge to yawn. When I paid closer attention to what he was doing, it looked like he was actually TRYING to yawn. It looked like he was actually warming up to a big yawn by taking several small, fake yawns, just prior to launching into a big natural one. Then I remembered the post I wrote about how Yawning can Improve Memory, Brain Fitness and overall Brain Health. So I thought well, maybe it was a tactic he was using to improve his racing ability just before a race. It turns out I was right!  I recently read an article on Yahoo News that said Apolo Ohno yawns prior to a race in order to bring more oxygen into his lungs and to get the nerves out of his system. But just maybe, without his realizing, it helped his mental abilities too. Short track racing requires a lot of quick thinking and mental strategy. So while his “official” reason had nothing to do with memory, brain fitness and overall brain health, perhaps the brain boosting benefits of yawning helped him win and become the Winter Olympian with the most medals in U.S. history. Who knows? icon smile Yawning Boosts Mental Abilities and Helps Olympian Win

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  1. Amazing how this action applies to dogs as well.

    As a professional dog trainer one of the signs to look for when a dog starts to settle in and actually learn is yawning.

    It can be a sign of stress relief as well. Good stuff.
    .-= K9 Coach´s last blog ..Chasing Away Depression: Run With Your Dog =-.

  2. Exercise also improves brain power. That’s why elementary school aged children have recess. It improves their thinking.
    .-= Debbie Lattuga´s last blog ..5K Training Made Easy =-.

  3. I never knew this. Gotta try to Yawn more then because I can tell that my mental abilities are degrading.

  4. This should only apply to a certain person like Apollo because most of the people I know who yawned felt tired and drowsy.

  5. Yawning can be a sign of parasympathetic nervous system activation. I would guess there is considerable sympathetic nervous system activation in preparation for a race. That small amount of PNS activation as evidenced by the yawn might be just the thing to arrive at an optimal balance. Not too much arousal, not too little arousal…just right! It requires a studied awareness of the body to find that right balance through self-regulation.

  6. @ easy

    LOL you’re right on your point cause once I yawn, I feel so sleepy after it. I think it’s the most common feeling for all of us. Up to now, I can’t still imagine that yawning has benefits as well.

  7. It’s amazing how simple things that we do can help us in maintaining our health. Looking forward to know more amazing stories through science.

  8. Yawning definitely makes the body relaxed and makes the mind really cool. It’s just like a regular exercise which everyone should do to make the mind refreshing.

  9. When I am at work I tried not to yawn cause it is a sign that I might be tired or don’t really care about my job. Now I know the facts about yawning I can go ahead and yawn at work if I am tired and not cause I am bored, of course.

  10. Well Interesting facts about yawing ! Now yawing at class or office should no longer be a sign of laziness or drowsiness or anything like that!

  11. I never knew this. Gotta try to Yawn more then because I can tell that my mental abilities are degrading.

  12. That’s really interesting! The body has all kinds of natural “healing powers”. I always thought yawning meant I was tired. Now I know that it’s just my body’s way of trying to wake up my brain!

  13. Well really interesting , so that mean people we must yawn more often ^^ i know i will try to , lol i am yawning right now :)

  14. Well, this surely new for me and also very interesting.

  15. i love this statement “Mental Abilities and Helps Olympian Win ” its very interesting hot to get best Mental

  16. I’m yawning now but it still doesn’t convince my boss!

  17. Indeed it was a great wonder for me why a famous athlete would yawn before a competition. But upon reading your post,I think I can have so many reasons to yawn. :) awning is natural and so its effect to our mind. No side effect, eh.

  18. This reminds me of some athletes that believe that breathing oxygen will help them recover faster, like you see on the sidelines of the NFL. Athletes have all sorts of superstitions and beliefs that, while seemingly intuitive, do not stand up to scientific scrutiny.

    The problem here is with the gradient of the lungs and its ability to absorb oxygen into the bloodstream. It’s impossible to increase this gradient with passive activity such as oxygen masks and/or yawning. The only way to increase the gradient would be an active method such as a respirator but then you’d risk rupturing the alveoli in the lungs. There are plenty of myths in medicine that are considered common sense to this day…and they are perpetuated mainly by drug companies and hospitals to squeeze the most that they can out of their patients.

  19. Besides of improving mental health. Yawing also improves well being and awareness. I have no real reference for what I am saying but I have experienced it many times. I even have experienced clarity in my sight. It also relaxes our face muscles. It is amazing how some scientists say that yawning has no real use for nobody. And now this post completes my theory that yawing has a purpose.

  20. Love the post. Who knew that yawning could be so helpful.

  21. Yawning definitely makes the body relaxed

  22. I agree that the Yawning Boosts Mental Abilities

  23. Yawning is a natural response of the body. It relaxes the muscles. Hence, why these athletes do it before any competence.

    Some spiritualists claims that Yawning has to do with the “Energy body”.

  24. Great… I’m reading this on Friday afternoon — now you’ve got me yawning. I can see how yawning leads to more oxygen coming in, but it doesn’t seem to increase my mental abilities.

  25. This should only apply to a certain person like Apollo because most of the people I know who yawned felt tired and drowsy.

  26. I learned somewhere that if your head gets overheated you will soon get yawn. So I considered yawning as brains’ heat regulator but I am wondered to read here that Yawning also helps in boost mental abilities!

  27. The acutal wintergames are still running and germany is making a good note again. All the last years they lost up and didn’t get a puff of anything, but this year for some reason they are on second place driectly after austria. Saw that guy crying? :-)

  28. If this is true yawning can be a factor in any kind of sports.

  29. I agree that the Yawning Boosts Mental Abilities….

  30. I never knew this. Gotta try to Yawn more then because I can tell that my mental abilities are degrading

  31. This article may result in an increase in population yawning so as to improve their brain power. I think this may require some further evidence before it is supported by the health treatments and patient strategies.

  32. It only proves that yawning can really do wonders and improve your performance.

  33. Yawning can be pretty orgasmic, specially when you flex the spine in the midst of one :)

  34. Yawning, as it occurs, improve blood circulating through our head, more oxygen were driven towards our head thus refreshing its state.

  35. So, Yawning can be considered some sort of dopping? =D

  36. I have never known about this until reading this post.
    Thanks for your useful information

  37. I developed my breathing and the excessive yawning vanished

  38. Wow! Other than being an indication of fatigue, who would have thought that yawning would have anything to do with physical performance?

  39. I agree that the Yawning Boosts Mental Abilities, this in real…

  40. I agree that the Yawning could Boost Mental Abilities, urging tired to sleep.

  41. am gonnna yawn all day every day

  42. Amazing – I would never have thought yawning could actually be termed as an ‘athletic’ ability. Brilliant.. I’m going to start yawning a lot especially in front of my boss

  43. Definately a great article. I would never have thought an athlete would and could do that to increase oxygen intake.
    nice read.

  44. if it’s true, yawning will help the athletes to boost their mental abilities in order to achieve their goals.

  45. time to yawn a bit more between work breaks, so i can continue to keep working with full mental energy :P

    Great Article, i did not know this :)

  46. Incredibly inspiring article, Thank you !?!

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  48. Yawning is, in my view and another option for deep breathing. Deep breathing is becoming a must do in order to maintain a degree of healthy organs and physicall wellness.

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  52. Yawning does seem to be a way to get more oxygen to your brain and keep you away, and doing it intentionally might result in something similar. It’s important to keep your neurons healthy and awake!

  53. Well a very interesting post.Really amazed to found that yawning can boost your mental abilities.Thanks for the sharing such a nice and informative post.

  54. very amazing post yawing is a very simple and it is make gud

  55. Wow! I did not know that…

  56. Its a good way to yawn to develop some abilities, and going straight to the podium!
    =]

  57. The perfect excuse next time my boss walks by. Haha

  58. Oh, to be honest the first time I heard that yawning enhances mental abilities. This article did for me a discovery.

  59. Well a very interesting post.Really amazed to found that yawning can boost your mental abilities.Thanks for the sharing such a nice and informative post.

  60. Amazing! I love that yawning can act as astimulant to gain more energy. The more we trust our bodies and their needs the mre we find a balance in our health. If only western science would understand this!

    great post!

    -Brian

  61. Well a very interesting post.Really amazed to found that yawning can boost your mental abilities.Thanks for the sharing such a nice and informative post.

  62. Hi,

    Thanks for the post, This was exactly what I needed to see.Good list, keep up the good work

  63. A great non yawn inducing post!

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  78. It can also be concluded that yawning is a mental process or a mind game which improves mental abilities.. an interesting post..

  79. Really Interesting facts about yawing. I think meditation and positive thinking also improves our brain power.

  80. I also agree with your point of view that yawning helps to cool our mental stress as well as our health.More than simply calming the body, yawning brings the mind into a heightened state of cognitive functioning.

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