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Smarter Health: The Low Down on The Post-Turkey Nap

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It's Turkey Week! According to EatTurkey.com, 46 million turkeys are eaten at Thanksgiving. That's a lot of gobble gobble being gobbled up...and a lot of post-turkey feast naps. But does the turkey meat cause that sleepiness or what? Someone else in our community also had that same question.

motherlover445 asks: Can you settle the debate in our house - why do we get so sleepy after eating turkey at Thanksgiving? My husband says it is due to the tryptophan, I say it is because we've been running around and eat a big meal and get that "crash" because of full bellies. Who's correct?

Yes, we all know that feeling and have seen the reclined bodies all over the house about 20 minutes after eating the Thanksgiving meal. And yes, we've all heard that tryptophan (which is an amino acid) is the snooze-inducer. But, friends, is a myth. It is not the tryptophan's fault, as it is found in many, many, many foods we consume everyday - other poultry, pork, eggs and so on.

So what does cause it? Probably a variety of things - the full belly being one of them, as we tend to eat much more than usual at one sitting at Thanksgiving. Add to that the carbohydrates we eat (stuffing, mashed potatoes) and possibly some wine, you've got the right recipe for naptime. Finish it up with the fact many of us were hard at work in the kitchen and are a tad exhausted, then -- bam! -- you're looking at some droopy eyelids.

So, if I have to settle the debate, I declare you the victor!

Do you get sleepy after the Thanksgiving feast?

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by on Nov. 19, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Replies (51-56):
SweetLuci
by Luci on Nov. 22, 2012 at 10:38 PM

 I do get sleepy, but can't usually take a nap. lol

AstuteMama
by on Nov. 23, 2012 at 1:47 AM

I try not to over stuff myself, so that I don't get sleepy. Since we have Thanksgiving at someone else's home it is kind of rude to fall asleep at someone else's home.

kgmmw
by on Nov. 23, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Yep, I always feel full and ready for a nap after I eat Thanksgiving meal.
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sweetmissy_05
by on Nov. 23, 2012 at 3:24 PM
Yes I took a 3 hour nap when we got home.
lizzig
by Ruby Member on Nov. 24, 2012 at 10:53 AM

 nope.  we don't have a big feast in our house.  it's just the four of us so i don't make a big meal.

mrswillie
by CeeCee on Nov. 24, 2012 at 11:09 AM

I went shopping

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