How to Avoid Sleeping and Yawning During the Day

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Falling asleep during the day can be relaxing and re-energize you for a night out later. However, sleeping during an important meeting or class can lead to yelling, detention or even losing your job. Reckless slumbering also often leads to missing out on the entire day, as comfortable as it may seem.

Getting a good night’s sleep is the most important step to keeping yourself awake during the day. A good 8 hours is recommended, so it’s best to finish your work early so you can be in bed by 10 o’clock.

Eating is an easy way to keep you awake and energized when you’re hungry. An empty stomach is a major cause of sleepiness in people. The food affects the hypothalamus and regulates its production of sleep-causing hormones.

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If you are feeling tired at work, try to take frequent small walks in the office space intermittently. It will help activate and energize your brain.

Remember to give your eyes a break and occasionally look away from your screen is you work on a computer most of the day. Monitors continuously re-display their contents and the brain cannot pick up on these changes, but your eyes can and it makes them extremely tired.

Although it is impossible to feel fully rested every day, maintaining a healthy diet as well as getting a good night’s sleep the night before are great steps to helping yourself remain energized throughout the day.

Why We Yawn

Yawning seems like a natural occurrence that only takes place before bed and waking up. However, as we get older we start to pay attention to the contagious phenomenon, and notice that it is a little more complex than just a sleepy-time mechanism.

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Yawning is an involuntary action that causes the mouth to open wide and breathe in deeply, which actually puts more body parts to work than you may think. When you inhale, you are filling your lungs with air, your abdominal muscles then flex, and your diaphragm is pushed down.

While yawning is associated with drowsiness, your heart-rate actually rises as much as 30 percent during this “exercise” which can be considered a sign of heightened state-of-excitement. If you have ever paid attention during a workout, run or strenuous activity, you might have noticed that you begin to yawn occasionally. It could have been a side-effect of fatigue or the need for rest, but on the contrary, it could have also been a lack of oxygen.

A yawn to the body, is like a radiator to a vehicle. The body induces yawning to provide more oxygen to the brain, and to remove a buildup of carbon dioxide in the lungs by stretching the jaw and increasing blood flow in the neck, face and head. When air is breathed into the mouth, it removes hot blood from the brain and introduces cool air.

So ya caught a case of the yawns…

If you are in a conversation with an individual and he casually yawns, you probably start to wonder if he is bored with the conversation or… oh… here it comes….You yawn as well and fall victim to the contagious yawn, and pretty soon it is like a domino effect on every one that walks by or entertains your conversation.

Studies show that you don’t have to physically see someone yawn for you to yawn back. You can hear or even read about it, and chances are, you have probably yawned at least once since you have been reading this. The contagious yawn is said to be associated with the same part of the brain that deal with empathy, thus linking it to an individuals ability to understand and connect with others’ emotional state. Infectious yawning has been also been observed in chimpanzees and dogs. Speaking of dogs, don’t miss out on your chance to win a queen size mattress! Be sure to enter the Bed Hog Contest by submitting a snapshot of your pooch hogging your bed for a chance to win a free queen-size mattress from Mattresses For Less.