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  1. #1 I get plenty of sleep, so why do I still yawn alot? 
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    I normally get about 8-10 hours sleep per night but i still find that I yawn constantly during the day.
    I take medication for depression at night before i sleep and don't work at the moment. Any theory's on why I yawn so much would be welcome.


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    Lots of people yawn in stressful situations.


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    You may be sleeping too much.

    Have you always slept for 8-10 hours a night? Depression has been treated with sleep deprivation therapy, though it is NOT recommended, talk to a doctor about it and don't even try if you have heart problems, be careful if you have anxiety.

    How long have you been out of work? I don't work either, it may simply be a psychological lack of motivation. In which case make goals to accomplish, something to look forward to every day, nothing big, just something you can psyche yourself up for, even if it is little like going for a walk, watching the sunset, watching the sunrise, reading a book, watching a movie, etc.

    What is your activity level? Do you exercise at all? Exercise in the morning gives me energy throughout the day. After a while of exercising you get better posture and breath deeper. You can practice better posture and breathing deeper without exercise, but you'll be cutting yourself short.

    It could also be the season. It' either spring or fall where you are. Has it been raining a lot lately?

    How long have you noticed the yawning going on?
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    yawning is a side effect of some antidepression medicine
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    Quote Originally Posted by quantumintel
    I normally get about 8-10 hours sleep per night but i still find that I yawn constantly during the day.
    I take medication for depression at night before i sleep and don't work at the moment. Any theory's on why I yawn so much would be welcome.
    Yawning is a type of self-stimulant that engages to counteract muscle and mental fatigue. Often accompanying a stretching motion, yawning temporarily reenergizes our mind and body as we tire. When we awake after a period of rest, we often engage what we call a "morning stretch", which serves the reenergize our musculature after lengthy periods of inactivity. In short, yawning reenergizes us as we tire and after periods of inactivity. I hope this helps.
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    It can also be caused by specific conditions too. Do you or have you had a recent history of heart problems? Brain injury? Lung infection? Anxiety? It could be your medications, how long you have been on them? How much you are taking and what chemicals they are trying to balance...
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    I would concur with marcusclayman.
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    Yawning is to wake up your brain cells. So yeah, get plenty of sleep or just take a lot of naps. ... The more you think about yawning, the more you will do so. ... The mystery of why we yawn is still not completely solved yet.
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    I find that I yawn a lot through out the day as well. I don't have any known health problems, I get plenty of sleep6-8 hrs and I have a job that I work only 6 hrs a day. I would yawn a lot even when I was going to school/studeing for 6 hrs a day and working for only 3. I also exercise regularly. Any way today was a good day and I didn't yawn at all, but yesterday I must have yawned like 10 times! It's just ridiculous sometimes.

    I don't think man kind knows enough about yawning yet. Either that there are just so many factors it would be hard to determ exactly what causes excessive yawning.
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    Greentree is correct in that we do not understand fully the function of yawning. It is sometimes associated with fatigue. Sometimes sickness. Sometimes stress. Sometimes boredom. Sometimes it seem to fill some kind of social function.

    I would not get too worried about yawning too much unless it is associated with illness. People often yawn a lot for a period in their life, but later get over it.
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