Why do we tend to yawn so much when working with a computer?

By gildalit

Opening our mouths in a wide yawn while staring at the computer screen. Does that sound familiar to you? Don’t be ashamed, you’re in good company. This is a phenomenon almost each and everyone of us experiences. It’s a bit uncomfortable when others at work, and worse even, our boss, stares at us yawning. So, What causes yawning and how can we prevent it?
There are many theories that try to explain why do we yawn, for example:
Yawning is related to boredom, fatigue, discomfort, crowded areas, lack of fresh air etc.
Yawning is intended to increase oxygen delivery to the brain.
Yawn is designed to cool the brain and make us stay awake.
But the yawning phenomenon is actually related to a bunch of other reasons, such as: poor sleeping quality, sleep deprivation (lack of sleeping hours), nutrition, lighting, ventilation, air conditioning etc.
I would like to introduce another, mostly unknown, reason – those pertaining to ergonomics – namely, not implementing the right ergonomic rules.

As an ergonomic consultant I run into a lot of computer users, who simply cannot stop yawning. I’m certain that a study looking into the relation of yawn frequency to work productivity level will uncover some interesting findings.
One of the most important goals of an ergonomic consultant is to make employees feel more comfortable in their working station. Correct work station arrangement and spacing plus stretching exercises can certainly improve employees feeling, reducing yawns and improving productivity.
So, dear employers, if you’re looking to increase the work productivity you are getting from your employees, you should invest in ergonomic consulting, make sure you have spacious work stations, consult with your ergonomics specialist on lighting and air conditioning.
The benefit you would reap will offset immensely any cost you pay.


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TV Gossip
July 18th, 2010

Where did you learn about this? Can you give me the reference?


Hayabusa brother
July 23rd, 2010

Why god allows this sort of thing to continue is a mystery.

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gildalit
August 3rd, 2010

These thoughts are not based on Studies.
I wrote them out from years of experience of working as a consultant in thousands of computer work stations.
I would like to here your life experience thought for this subject.
Cheers,
Dalit


Medical Transcription
October 3rd, 2010

Great post..
Thank you for the post..


Christine S
January 5th, 2011

http://www.katyess.com – I agree completely that poor ergonomics can contribute to feeling tired, as well as causing pain in the back, arms and neck. This is why I have decided to highlight this to not only our existing business clients but also home users, as people are spending so much time in front of computers these days.


gildalit
February 4th, 2011

Hi Christine, I’m glad to hear you found my exercises helpful,
Please don’t forget that you must also make sure that your work station has an ergonomic set up and that you are strictly with the breaks from work computer
You might find that our ergonomic forearm support board the ergocloud,
can dramatically upgrade you work station.

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