Mind & Body

Pandiculation Reboots Your Body

The alarm goes off and your eyes open. What's the first thing you do? If you're like most people, you have a good stretch. This instinctual action is called pandiculation, and it does wonders for rebooting your body.

Pandiculation comes from the Latin word pandere, meaning "to stretch." Humans aren't the only animals to engage in pandiculation. If you have a dog or cat, you've likely noticed their full-body stretch in the morning or after a nap. They'll arch their backs, stretch out their front legs and let out a big yawn. It can be pretty cute, but it also serves an important biological function.

Most animals sleep in one position for the majority of the night. A morning stretch is important for loosening and realigning your muscles, as well as getting your blood flowing, since your heart rate is at its lowest right before you wake up. Think of stretching as a wake-up call to your brain. Stretching limbers you up and, along with yawning, has been proven to relieve stress and tension. This magical mixture of loose muscles, increased blood flow, and good feelings helps to jump-start your day.

Watch the following videos to hear more about the science behind pandiculation and learn a morning yoga routine to extend the health benefits of full-body stretching.

The Significance Of Stretching

SciShow explains the biology behind pandiculation, our full-body morning stretch, in their video below.

Why Do We Yawn?

We know yawns are contagious, but what's their purpose? Dive into the scientific theories behind yawning.

Start Your Morning With a 3-Minute Yoga Routine

Your body could use a little reboot in the morning. Stretch out those stiff muscles and get your blood flowing with a short and sweet yoga routine.

Written by Curiosity Staff November 10, 2016

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