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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
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Juniper53098
by June on Nov. 19, 2012 at 3:29 PM

I will fall asleep if I sit in a comfy chair =)

Madelaine
by Ruby Member on Nov. 19, 2012 at 3:53 PM
Yes I do!
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by Pam on Nov. 19, 2012 at 4:22 PM

sometimes

SarahSuzyQ
by Sarah on Nov. 19, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Usually I just have a headache! But I don't really overstuff myself as I don't care for Thanksgiving foods, and I don't do a ton of preparation no matter where we end up... So I guess it's more about the long day than anything else!

mereinhart28
by on Nov. 19, 2012 at 4:31 PM

sometimes I get sleepy, but mostly I'm running around playing with the kids.

momofsixangels
by Colleen on Nov. 19, 2012 at 7:17 PM

I sure do.But its from all the work preparing the meal.Lol

charlene_kyle
by Charlene on Nov. 19, 2012 at 7:40 PM

 Yes.

LifeCafe42
by on Nov. 19, 2012 at 11:29 PM
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A nap??? What's that lol
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amyjane22
by Amy on Nov. 20, 2012 at 8:19 AM
I get sleepy afterward, but thanksgiving is a busy day for us.
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MamaJane
by Jane:) on Nov. 20, 2012 at 8:22 AM
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I can't get sleepy because I'm the only one who will clean up. :p
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