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Sleep Better: The Surprising Meaning Behind Your Yawns

Ah yes, the yawn. An international symbol of being tired, boredom, or just a lull in the conversation. Yes, we all yawn, but why? Sure there’s the obvious reason: you need more sleep, but can a yawn tell us anything else about our body? Does sleeping on memory mattresses reduce the likelihood of yawning in the morning? Are there different kinds of yawns. Well, the short answers are: for a lot of reasons, yes, yes, and probably yes! The long answers are featured below.

If you’re tired of waking up tired (and yawning all over the place) maybe it’s time that you tried the memory mattresses from Nectar. At Nectar we pride ourselves in giving you the best sleep possible at the best possible value. Nectar incorporates a fully quilted layer of our gel cooling memory foam to provide extra loft and comfort, with better breathability. Quilting is a super premium process most mattress companies avoid due to cost. We think the difference is night and day. If you’re still yawning after hearing all that, then you need to grab a Nectar stat.

Why We Yawn

Well for starters, what is a yawn? Basically it’s just a huge intake of air for the lungs. There are a ton of different reasons for the brain to signal this, some physiological, and some psychological. A yawn soothes and relaxes us (like memory mattresses), starting as a baby, and going all the way to old age. Another thing to remember: yawning is an involuntary act, we do it without control over yawning (for the most part).

There’s research to suggest that yawning helps regulate body temperature. When the body feels too hot and tired, a quick flush of cold air to the lungs makes us more alert and attentive. Yawning also triggers blood flow to the brain, neck, and face while pulling heat from the skull. So in a way, yawning is a super cheap version of air conditioning. Another cheap solution to summer heat that keeps you from sleep? Memory mattresses from Nectar. Their tencel cooling cover works in a similar way, pulling heat from the body and transferring it throughout the length of the mattress.

Yawning is Also Transitional

Another big reason we yawn is because our brain is transitioning from one state to another. Oftentimes we yawn before bed because our brain knows that it will be going from an active state to a restful one, but there are many transitional periods where you may find yourself yawning. Yawning during a repetitive activity can mean that your brain is gearing down and becoming less attentive to the immediate area, while yawning after exercise or physical exertion is also extremely common.

It’s good to know that it’s normal and healthy to yawn, even encouraged, BUT if you find yourself yawning uncontrollably during the day, it could be a sign that your body isn’t getting the rest that it needs. Fortunately for you, that solution is also cheap and easy: memory mattresses from Nectar are your friend. With the lowest price point for the highest quality mattress, that’s the exact kind of transition your sleep deprived body has been waiting for.