Sometimes when I yawn my jaw locks into place and I am unable to close my mouth.
As far as I can tell this happens because I am opening my mouth wider than I’m supposed to. It’s really difficult to ‘control’ how wide you yawn though.
We all know there is nothing better than a good wide (hippopotamus imitating) yawn during the day. It kind of loses it’s appeal when I have to limit my mouth from opening. That ‘what a great yawn’ feeling doesn’t feel as good when I worry about sitting there with lock jaw trying to fight my mouth from opening as wide as it wants to.
The only problem is that when it happens, the only way I’ve found to fix this is to hit myself in the jaw – not Mike Tyson like – but just enough to unlock it. Sometimes it needs a bit more persuasion than other times. Therefore I have to hit my jaw harder than a sane person should be. I know this probably isn’t the correct way of fixing this – but until I knock myself out it’s what I’m sticking to.
This morning sitting in the car I got some fantastic looks as I sat at the traffic lights hitting myself in the jaw. It must’ve seemed that road rage had taken on a whole new meaning.