Have you ever experienced annoying yawning just before sex? As soon as things start to move towards the bed, do you start to yawn? Maybe you’re trying hard to explain to your lover that your brain is just short of oxygen? But why does the brain suddenly need it more than before at this point?
Yes, yawning in your loved one’s face can be annoying, and it can make him think that you’re bored. Although “lack of oxygen” sounds like a scientific explanation (because your body is preparing for a real martial art class), this will not be the right explanation.
It is not that your body does not want extra oxygen at this point, but it will usually not happen as yawning, but as deeper and faster breathing.
No, yawning during sex has a much more interesting explanation.
Sometimes scientists for certain studies use mice that want sex. And do you know how scientists can determine if mice are in the right mood? They watch as they stretch their little legs and yawn.
The researchers explain that yawns are an evolutionary feature that has survived in all vertebrate species. The fish do it, the lions do it, we do it. It is so embedded in the primitive parts of our brain that even a child still in the womb does so.
We do this for various reasons, such as boredom or social instinct – so-called sticky yawns. Maybe you’re yawning right now because you’re reading about yawning.
And what’s especially interesting is that yawning is actually a sign of arousal. Biochemically, it can be caused by the release of dopamine in the brain, which can lead to the release of other chemicals in the brain, such as oxytocin and nitric oxide, which cause an erection.
Yawns perform several functions, but the common feature of all is that they are associated with a change of state – the transition, for example, from sleep to wakefulness, from wakefulness to sleep. So when you move from an unexcited state to an aroused one, you will yawn. And yawning at the wrong time is not uncommon.
You are not bored and your body is not hungry for oxygen. You’re just aroused.