Monday, October 15, 2012

At What Age Do Humans Start to Yawn?

Certain things you can't suppress, like a yawn. And every living person is a yawner. It is one of the rare activities that we do with our mouths wide open, in its full diameter, whereas in sneezing all eyes must be closed. Next time you are given a task to measure the average size of a mouth, you know when to do it!

Healthcare professionals and researchers have observed human fetuses yawning as early as 11 weeks after conception.

Many researchers regard the desire to yawn as a primal human instinct. Experts are not entirely sure why humans yawn, but one common explanation is that yawning stretches and lubricates the lungs. Yawning also increases a person's heart rate.

More about yawning:

One study showed that people yawn more often during the colder winter months than they do during the summer. The researchers speculated that yawning might be a way for people to cool their brains — something that yawning in high temperatures would not accomplish, because the air that is breathed in would be warmer.

I am sure the last time you yawned, you saw the yawning baby above. Yawning can be contagious, but some research shows that it is less so in children who are less than 6 years old.

In 2005, a US judge fined a juror for contempt of court after the juror yawned loudly in the courtroom.

Adapted from Wisegeek.

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