Tired after Thanksgiving Dinner? It’s Probably Not the Turkey.
Turkey contains a natural sedative called tryptophan which has been blamed for years for our sudden lethargy right after Thanksgiving dinner, but the fact is; it’s probably not the turkey that’s making you tired.
“It’s not very likely that we get tired after eating turkey because tryptophan doesn't act on the brain unless you eat it on an empty stomach,” says Leadley. “Very few of us sit down to the Thanksgiving table with a truly empty stomach.”
Tiredness may also be caused as a natural function of our biological clocks. We naturally feel tired at two different times of the day: about 2:00 AM and 2:00 PM. It is this natural dip in alertness that is primarily responsible for the feeling tired after a mid afternoon meal.
What can you do to prevent that post Thanksgiving meal lethargy?
• Get a good night’s sleep the night before and engage in some exercise early in the morning if you can.
• Don’t use the holidays as an excuse to overeat, but rather to enjoy friends and family.
• Eat a meal that is low in carbohydrates and fat, focusing on energy giving fruits and vegetables and lean protein.
And lastly, if you still feel like you need a nap, go ahead and take one and enjoy it; after all, Thanksgiving only comes once a year.
About Valley Sleep Center:
Since 2002, Valley Sleep Center, accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, has provided Arizona with diagnostic sleep disorder testing in a home-like atmosphere, ensuring a comfortable, relaxing experience for patients. Their Board Certified Sleep Medicine Specialists consist of experienced and knowledgeable physicians who provide expert advice across a multitude of sleep related disorders including insomnia, sleep apnea, snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, hypertension, sleepwalking, and pediatric sleep problems. They accept most insurance plans as well as Medicare. For more information contact Lauri Leadley at 480-830-3900; http://www.valleysleepcenter.com.
325 South Higley Road, Suite 210
Gilbert, AZ 85296
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