Yawning and thermoregulation.

  title={Yawning and thermoregulation.},
  author={Andrew C Gallup and Gordon G. Gallup},
  journal={Physiology & behavior},
  volume={95 1-2},
We review a growing body of medical and physiological evidence indicating that yawning may be a thermoregulatory mechanism, providing compensatory cooling when other provisions fail to operate favorably. Conditions such as multiple sclerosis, migraine headaches, epilepsy, stress and anxiety, and schizophrenia have all be linked to thermoregulatory dysfunction and are often associated with instances of atypical yawning. Excessive yawning appears to be symptomatic of conditions that increase… CONTINUE READING
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