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Old 09-12-2003, 08:39 AM   #1
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Post Can't stop yawning, but I don't feel tired...?

I don't know if this is the right place to post this, since I don't think I have a sleep disorder - but thought I'd give it a try. I yawn ALL the time, whether I'm tired or not. It drives me nuts! People think I'm bored and/or rude, but I can't help it. I get plenty of sleep, 7-8 hours per night (and like I said, I don't feel tired).

Does anyone have any idea what could be making me yawn so much? This has gone on for years. I do have low red & white blood cell counts (yep, both) but that's just recently, and I've been getting tested regularly by the doctor. He's putting me on iron for the red blood cells, and after lots of testing he thinks the low white cell count is probably just normal for me.

I don't know if any of this could be related or not, but it's driving me nuts to yawn so much when I'm not even tired. Any input would be greatly appreciated!

 
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Yawning helps your body to increase oxygen levels. When your normal oxygen percentage drops, that will cause yawning. It provides the increase that your body is asking for. Has your doctor done an o2 titration on you? If not, maybe he should consider it.

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Thanks for your reply, Barb. No, I have not had an o2 titration done yet - what does it involve? Next time I visit my dr, I'll ask about scheduling one.

Thanks again!

 
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I agree with barb, you need to have your oxygen levels checked.

Good luck.

 
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One rather contradictory possibility is that you actually overbreath and this can be very subtle so you aren't aware of it. It does tend to lead to a lot of yawning (every few minutes) and a feeling you need to take a deep breath, when in fact what you are low on is carbon dioxide from washing too much of it out of your blood by breathing too much. if you are inclined to anxiety, this would fit.
try and slow your breathing a small bit for a few minutes and if you feel better for it, then you have probably found the cause of your problem.

 
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