Tomorrow after the big meal, you might feel like snoozing for a bit. What’s up with that? Most people say it’s the tryptophan in the turkey, but that’s not the only guilty party.
🦃 Turkey isn’t especially high in tryptophan; it’s got the same amount as most other meats. Foods like cheese, eggs, soybeans, and pumpkin seeds have more tryptophan than turkey.
🦃 Consuming large amounts of carbs is mostly to blame for the sleepiness. Things like stuffing, potatoes, pies, and cranberry sauce are all carb-rich.
🦃 Carbs trigger an increase in insulin, which leads to an uptake of the amino acids...except for tryptophan. It’s then free to be absorbed by the brain without interference from competitors.
🦃 So tryptophan does play a role in your sleepiness, but turkey doesn’t contain abnormally high amounts of it.
🦃 Overeating pulls blood from other areas of your body to your digestive tract so it can go to work processing everything you just ate. Your brain is one area that feels the effects of this shift.
💤 There are plenty of other factors to consider for your sudden need to nap including:
😴 Relaxing after stressful or strenuous preparations for the day
😴 Drinking alcohol
😴 Getting up early that day