Yawning turns out to be an excellent brain exercise!

I’m reading a book called “How God Changes Your Brain: Breakthrough Findings from a Leading Neuroscientist Yawning can Improve Memory, Brain Fitness and overall Brain Health”.  In the book, the author(s) list 8 brain exercises to help improve memory, brain fitness and overall brain health. The 5th brain exercise listed in the book is the simple act of yawning.

Here are 12 good reasons to yawn according to the author(s);

1)   Stimulates alertness and concentration

2)   Optimizes brain activity and metabolism

3)   Improves cognitive function

4)   Improve memory recall

5)   Enhances consciousness and introspection

6)   Lowers stress

7)   Relaxes every part of your body

8)   Improves voluntary muscle control

9)   Enhances athletic skills

10) Fine-tunes your sense of time

11) Increases empathy and social awareness

12) Enhances pleasure and sensuality

According to the author(s), “Yawning will relax you and bring you into a state of alertness faster than any other meditation technique I know of”.

Brain-scan studies have shown that yawning evokes a part of the brain called the precuneus. According to researchers, the precuneus appears to play a central role in consciousness, self-reflection, and improve memory retrieval, among other things.

The process of yawning also involves numerous neurochemicals including dopamine. This leads to yet other neurochemicals and areas of the brain which regulate and help improve memory, voluntary control, temperature regulation, pleasure, sensuality and relationship bonding.  It is hard to find another activity that so positively influences so many functions of the brain.

Conscious yawning takes a little practice and discipline. All you have to do to trigger a deep yawn is to fake it 6 or 7 times.

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So go ahead and try it now… yawn 6 or 7 times.

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See, don’t you feel better? I bet that last yawn was a good one too!

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For more information on how yawning helps improve our brain function, as well as to learn about the other 7 brain exercises shown to improve memory, brain fitness and overall brain health listed in the book I’m reading, click on the book link below:

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  4. Well if yawning is supposed to improve your brain function then I should be 10 times smarter than I was this morning!

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  6. No really, how much can yawning really improve your memory? I dodn’t doubt that 12 reasons mentioned above are true, but I don’t believe that yawning can noticibly improve one’s memory.

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  8. Will have to try the 6 or 7 fake yawns trick.

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  10. I have a kid with unknown disability and he don`t yawn is there any type of exercise to do instead of yawn so I can improve his brain???

  11. Funny thing is that just reading your post makes me want to yawn. Lol.
    I don’t know that it makes my brain any better but I suppose it does make me feel more relaxed.

  12. The tips given are really interesting.. i wish it would enhance the brain, while playing these game.

  13. Hey Gary,

    I also love the book – there are some cool tips there…

    I’m also using nutritional supplements to keep my brain at the top of the game. My choices are lecitine, Ginko Biloba and L-Tyrosine.

  14. This is a first time I have heard about this and I don’t think that yawn can has so many good reasons like above mention

  15. Is this true? I tried it and well, i don’t feel any difference. Well maybe I should try again later.:D

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