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Posted:  |  Updated: 07/15/13 EDT

Animals Yawning: Submit Your Own! (PHOTOS)

There are a lot of important lessons we can learn from our furry friends. Here at Healthy Living, dogs have taught us how to de-stress and cats have taught us about the importance of getting enough sleep.

But, like that kitty who just keeps on scratching at the couch, we don't always listen. In fact, according to the National Sleep Foundation's most recent annual Sleep in America poll, 43 percent of Americans ages 13 to 64 say they rarely or never get a good night's sleep during the week. And 44 percent of Americans say their stress levels have only increased over the past five years, according to the American Psychological Association's annual Stress in America report. We're tired and we're stressed and it's making us sick!

But Fido and Fluffy can relate -- they're tired, too! To prove it, we've compiled some of our favorite photos of animals yawning. Hopefully they'll inspire you to catch a few extra zzz's.

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  • Tiny Horse

    Tonto, a guide horse, yawns before going on a walk with his owner Shari Bernstiel, March 19, 2004 in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. Tonto, a miniature horse who went through one year of training, acts as Bernstiel's seeing eye dog and is one of three working guide horses in the United States.

  • Yawn!

    <em>Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/pauerkorde/3306367077/" target="_hplink">PauerKorde Photo</a></em>

  • Uggie The Dog

    Uggie the dog yawns as he sits in front of actor Jean Dujardin at a ceremony honoring the cast and crew of "The Artist" with the "Made In Hollywood" honor, January 31, 2012 at RED Studios in Hollywood, California. Parts of "The Artist" were filmed at RED Studios.

  • Rusty Yawns

    <em>Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/corsinet/5342327363/" target="_hplink">corsi photo</a></em>

  • Malayan Tiger

    <em>Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kro-media/3579987729/" target="_hplink">KRO-Media</a> </em>

  • Baby Gorilla

    Hasani, a six month-old Western Lowland Gorilla, yawns as he plays in the gorilla exhibit during his first public viewing at the San Francisco Zoo June 5, 2009 in San Francisco, California. Hasani, who was born on December 8, 2008, has been hand-raised by a zoo staff after being rejected by his mother at birth. A surrogate gorilla mother was trained to care for Hasani and has accepted the newborn.

  • Tired

    <em>Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/toolmantim/2490219129/" target="_hplink">toolmantim</a></em>

  • Yawning Lion

    <em>Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/15265630@N02/1779054142/" target="_hplink">tkspencer</a></em>

  • Hippo Yawn

    <em>Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/wwarby/4915772994/" target="_hplink">wwarby</a></em>

  • Yawn!

    <em>Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/realheightz/4273476439/" target="_hplink">real.heightz</a></em>

  • A Meishan Pig Yawns

    A Meishan pig yawns on June 11, 2008 at the Tierpark Friedrichsfelde zoo in Berlin. Some Meishan piglets were born on May 3, 2008 at the zoo. The animals are domestic pigs originating from China.

  • Oliver Yawn and Stretch

    <em>Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_t_in_dc/3510666375/" target="_hplink">Mr. T in DC</a></em>

  • A Sea Lion Yawns

    A sea lion yawns during a swim in it's old enclosure as it waits for the construction of a new sea lion and penguin enclosure.

  • Camel Yawning

    <em>Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_t_in_dc/3869390774/" target="_hplink">Mr. T in DC</a></em>

  • Yawn!

    <em>Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/8802700@N03/3602786434/" target="_hplink">NaturesFan1226</a></em>

  • Yawning

    <em>Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/joshuajamesgross/152493247/" target="_hplink">hermmermferm</a></em>

  • Yawning Baby Tortoise

    <em>Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/yeomans/81200979/" target="_hplink">sly06</a></em>

  • Corsac Fox Yawning

    <em>Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/spencer77/4897753209/" target="_hplink">spencer77</a></em>

  • A Baboon Yawns

    A baboon yawns in its enclosure at Berlin's Zoo on June14, 2011.

  • Knut

    The world's most famous polar bear, Knut, yawns in his enclosure at the zoo in Berlin on December 10, 2010.

  • A White Tiger Cub Yawns

    A white tiger cub yawns in front of his mother, Radjah, on May 20, 2010 at the Maubeuge Zoo, northern France. The seven-year-old Radjah gave birth on May 9, 2010 to two white tigers belonging to a relatively rare species which only exist in captivity.

  • A Leopard Yawns

    A Leopard yawns in his enclosure at the zoo of the northern town of Hanover on March 19, 2010.

  • Big Yawn

    <em>Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/basykes/175515247/" target="_hplink">basykes</a></em>

  • The Kamchatka Brown Bear

    The Kamchatka brown bear named Mikhailo Potapovich yawns in his cage after awakening from the winter hibernation at the Moscow's Zoo.

  • Smarty Jones

    Horse Smarty Jones yawns in his stall after arriving from Philadelphia on June 2, 2004 at Belmont Racetrack in Elmont, New York.

  • Homer Yawns

    Homer the elephant seal yawns as he lies on the boatramp in the port of Gisborne.

  • Red Panda Yawns

    A 15-month-old, female red panda yawns as a tranquilizer dart takes effect. The red panda was spotted making its escape from the zoo grounds and searchers spent most of the day searching the surrounding trees for the animal.

  • "This Random Animal"

    <em>Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lawtonjm/4668510627/" target="_hplink">lawtonjm</a></em>

  • Peaches

    <em>Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/vivarin/4577137962/" target="_hplink">Vivian Chen [陳培雯]</a></em>

  • tired of walking, mom

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/erynmarch"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/erynmarch">erynmarch</a>:<br />my 5-year-old mini pomeranian, banana, on a walk next to the train tracks in my neighborhood.

  • Sleepy Poodle

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Elizabeth_Ann"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1434426283/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Elizabeth_Ann">Elizabeth Ann</a>:<br />My Toy Poodle Nelson is so tired!

  • Obi getting ready to start his lazy day

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/CaitlinLOrton"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/517959727/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/CaitlinLOrton">CaitlinLOrton</a>:<br />Obi is a bichon/terrier mix, who actually yawns more than he barks

  • Violet yawns

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Wendy_Whelan_Vega"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1426663943/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Wendy_Whelan_Vega">Wendy Whelan Vega</a>:<br />Violet is so bored she can't hold back a yawn.

  • The Yawners

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/wwildlife"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/wwildlife">wwildlife</a>:<br />Micco (lion) & Kira (Bengal tiger) were raised together and played all day. By afternoon, they were ready for naps and just yawned & yawned & yawned. One would start and the other would yawn then the other would yawn, too. Micco continued to yawn throughout his life.

  • Micco (lion) - Big Yawner

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/wwildlife"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/wwildlife">wwildlife</a>:<br />Micco grown up and still yawning all the time.

  • Sleepy Pup

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Maggie_Goldstein"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/40100515/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Maggie_Goldstein">Maggie Goldstein</a>:<br />Long day at the dog park = big yawn

  • Dasha Yawns

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/JohannaAnn"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/JohannaAnn">JohannaAnn</a>:<br />Dasha is my family's mixed terrier. I snapped this photo of her a few months ago, sitting in her favorite spot in my parents' home--on my old bed, looking out the window.

  • Sleepy Cat

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/nazdancecoach"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/nazdancecoach">nazdancecoach</a>:<br />Midnight yawning while trying to sleep on top of the couch.

  • Woodruff

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/catrina353"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/catrina353">catrina353</a>:<br />Woody is tired because he hasn't had his required 26 hours of sleep per day.

  • Lazy Day Nap Time

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/kpglo"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/kpglo">kpglo</a>:<br />Bruno prepares for his daily nap with his sisters.

  • Leo

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Robert_Boulanger"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1077237682/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Robert_Boulanger">Robert Boulanger</a>:<br />I'm saying AHHHH Doctor!

  • Sometimes You Just Have To YAWN It Out

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Andie_Amit"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/google_profile_img/3251439.png" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Andie_Amit">Andie Amit</a>:<br />

  • Sleep Milo

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Robin_Stevens_Clark"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1291711166/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Robin_Stevens_Clark">Robin Stevens Clark</a>:<br />This is Milo, he is my 5th child. He is very photogenic and I just happened to snap this pic mid yawn. Hope you enjoy it.

  • Dusty, the tired reindeer

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Eileen_Morse"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/5130966/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Eileen_Morse">Eileen Morse</a>:<br />

  • Morning on the Ranch

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/JoJo_Barnett"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/721371497/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/JoJo_Barnett">JoJo Barnett</a>:<br />Firelight South Ranch, 501(c) non-profit horse rescue and sanctuary. Alpine, Texas. Yawning before feeding.

  • Anxiety yawn

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Dollie_Goldman"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1515597486/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Dollie_Goldman">Dollie Goldman</a>:<br />Yawning Honeybear wants to go home from the vet.

  • Boris the Dog

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/purplluck13"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/aol_profile_img/3256881.png" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/purplluck13">purplluck13</a>:<br />Boris is a lab/sheltie mix and he was super sleepy after waking up from a doggie nap

  • Carmen

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/cgemmati"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/cgemmati">cgemmati</a>:<br />I think Carmen had too much alcohol that night from too much partying and is either very sleepy or she's about to throwup!

  • Sleepy at Work

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/NixieMarie"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/NixieMarie">NixieMarie</a>:<br />

  • Snowfire

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/enlea"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/google_profile_img/3258767.png" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/enlea">enlea</a>:<br />Snowfire, a Siamese-Manx rescue cat, yawns after roughhousing with his buddy Calvin, a Yorkshire Terrier.

  • Gigi yawning

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/AnimaSola"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1313972655/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/AnimaSola">AnimaSola</a>:<br />I caught Gigi the Mini-Schnauzer in mid-yawn.

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