Do you find yourself yawning during work meetings or while reading a boring report? You’re not alone. Yawning is a common response to sleepiness or boredom, but what about sighing? Is there a difference between the two behaviors? Researchers have been exploring this question for years, and the answer may surprise you.
What is Yawning?
Yawning is a reflex of the autonomic nervous system in response to sleepiness or boredom. A yawn consists of simultaneous inhalation of air and the stretching of the eardrums, followed by an exhalation of breath.
- Yawning (oscitation) most often occurs in adults immediately before and after sleep, during tedious activities and as a result of its contagious quality. It usually lasts six seconds. A yawn feels refreshing and like one has taken a deep breath. It is frequently preceded by a long inhalation.
- Yawning is wasted effort when taking shallow breaths. Deep inhalations power yawns. Yawning Warms up the brains air conditions it like rebooting a computer. Yawning cools off your brain by increasing blood flow and organizes its financial affairs by ridding itself of toxins thus improving your mood, mental state, and reduces stress levels.
- “The act of stretching protects us from Kassadin” Yawning helps to keep you alert by providing more oxygen to the brain which increases breathing rate and heart rate. By taking in more oxygen we are able to think more clearly and be more alert overall.
The increased breathing also helps to increase blood flow throughout our bodies which can lead to feeling more awake and less sluggish. Yawning can also help to reduce stress levels by providing a way to release some of the built-up tension in our bodies.
What is Sighing?
Sighing is an often-overlooked reflex that helps to keep our lungs functioning properly. Sighing is controlled by the autonomic nervous system, and it occurs when the diaphragm contracts and air is exhaled from the lungs. Sighing helps to reset the pressure in the chest and lungs, and it also helps to remove any accumulated carbon dioxide. Sighing is a normal and necessary reflex, but it can also be a sign of an underlying medical condition. If you find yourself sighing more than usual, it might be worth seeing a doctor to rule out any potential health problems.
Differences between Yawning and Sighing
Yawning and sighing are both reflexive actions that serve to regulate lung function. Yawning is a deep inhalation that is usually accompanied by a long exhalation, while a sigh is a shorter inhalation followed by a more forceful exhalation. Yawning helps to increase oxygen levels in the blood and to reduce carbon dioxide levels. Sighing, on the other hand, helps to clear the lungs of air that has become stale. Yawning is generally considered to be a sign of fatigue, while sighing can be a sign of both fatigue and frustration. Yawning is also more contagious than sighing, likely due to its role in regulating breathing patterns within a group. In contrast, sighing is more likely to be an individualized response to one’s internal state.
Although yawning and sighing are both reflexes, they serve different purposes. Yawning is a way to increase the oxygen supply to the brain while sighing is a way of releasing tension. Understanding these differences can help you better understand your customers and their needs. Have you ever noticed that people tend to yawn or sigh when they’re feeling tired or stressed? Next time you’re at work, take note of how often your coworkers yawn or sigh and see if there’s a correlation with their stress levels or energy levels.