FAQ: A Must Read for Chronic Yawning and Fatigue Sufferers

By: Michael Lam, MD, MPH


The adrenal breathing exercise is designed to help chronic yawning and fatigue by relaxing and destressing the body.Q: What’s the best way to deal with overwhelming emotions, chronic yawning, and fatigue?

A: Do the Adrenal Breathing Exercise as long as you can before your emotions take over. This will help your body normalize function and clear your head by gently moving your body into a more relaxed state.


Q: What is your favorite way to unwind in the afternoon after a long day and you are struggling to get to sleep?

A: Listening to soft music and doing the Adrenal Breathing Exercise can help with chronic yawning and fatigue. Too much stress can keep the body alert even when it is tired, a state known as being wired and tired. Adrenal Breathing Exercises are a gentle way to guide the body into a lower energy state ready to sleep.

The danger of getting stuck in the wired and tired state is that the body will not be able to get adequate sleep and recharge properly. The body will continue to accrue a sleep deficit and lead to chronic yawning and fatigue while at the same time suffering insomnia and remaining awake well into the sleeping hours.


Q: Is it harder for someone with Adrenal Fatigue to improve if they work an overnight job rather than a day job?

A: Our body has an internal clock called the circadian cycle. This is an automatic clock that helps regulate the autonomic nervous system. Working during the nighttime, especially if not done on a consistent basis, can wreak havoc on this system, stressing the body and delaying recovery causing chronic yawning and fatigue.


Chronic yawning and fatigue are one of the mysteries of physiology. I could mean you are tired, you are not breathing properly, or something else entirely!Q: I don’t feel tired all the time, but I find myself yawning constantly. Is the constant yawning due to adrenal fatigue?

A: Nobody knows exactly why we yawn. In the past, it has been postulated to be associated with high CO2 circulating in the blood as a result of the body’s lungs getting weak and the subsequent inability to have good air exchange in the lungs; High carbon dioxide levels can trigger yawning. Many sufferers of Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome complain of feeling short of breath when their lungs are perfectly normal to examination. Recent research has found associations between increased brain temperature and yawning. If and how this could be related to Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome remains unknown.


The simplest solution to chronic yawning and fatigue is get more sleep! Napping throughout the day can benefit your energy levels considerably.Q: What is the best time of the day to take a nap and for how long?

A: There is no single best time to take a nap, you should always listen to your body, and it will tell you when you need rest. If you are healthy, 10-20 minutes naps are ideal. However, if you suffer from Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome, you should take a nap anytime you feel you need to and as long as you need to to prevent chronic yawning and fatigue. For most people, mid-morning and mid-afternoon tend to be times that napping gives the most positive results.


Q: Is anxiety almost always related to Adrenal Fatigue or could there really be a dysfunction in brain circuitry causing fear and other emotions?

A: There are a great many reasons that one may have anxiety; such as blood sugar imbalance, PTSD, other environmental or medical factors, genetics or substance abuse. Adrenal Fatigue is but one of the possible reasons.

Being able to handle your emotions well and hold a positive outlook on life despite the challenges you are currently facing can provide both mental and biological health. As we know, stressful influences in our life can bring about feelings of anxiety and depression and they can be attributed to a biological and functional medical model. The neuroendometabolic (NEM) stress response model is the view of how the body regulates stress so that it does not harm our health. It has six major responses; the hormonal response, the metabolic response, the detoxification response, the inflammatory response, the neuroaffective response and the cardionomic response. Each response is inclusive of specific biological systems or organs that play a role in the regulation of stress. If in your daily lives you are experiencing high levels of stress that continues to accumulate, it can disrupt the NEM’s stress response from any of the key six circuits. As the body struggles to offload and manage the stress that keeps piling up, it can lead to unpleasant symptoms such as insomnia, depression, anxiety, lowered libido, hair loss, immune suppression, medication intolerance, fatigue and a variety of other conditions. Giving both mind and body to rest and recover through tools such as meditation can assist in obtaining optimal health.

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