Will it help me suppress a yawn when I sleep?

Constant yawning: causes and measures

If you are regularly tired, you should definitely work on the triggers. Psychological stress is often to blame for sleep problems, but there may also be a sleep-related illness (e.g. sleep apnea). Corresponding investigations can provide clarity here and are urgently recommended. If there is no physical trigger, a psychotherapist or psychiatrist may help to get the problems under control. Medicines cannot be completely ruled out as a cause.


But even if yawning can be explained by the current situation and deep-seated causes can be ruled out: Sometimes it is simply inappropriate. Unfortunately, there are no scientifically based immediate measures, but at least mankind has learned a few curious tricks. The following is supposed to work:

  • As soon as you notice the urge, briefly tap the tip of your tongue with your finger
  • Breathe consciously through your nose so that your mouth (hopefully) stays closed
  • Clench your teeth firmly - but not a suitable long-term measure as it is unhealthy for the jaw


At the end of the day, yawning is one thing above all else: human. So if it should happen that we are tired in the middle of an important meeting or during a supposedly exciting lecture, the world (probably) will not end either.