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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After you enjoyed your Thanksgiving meal, you may have taken a nap. Some people claim it’s a side effect of the tryptophan in the turkey. But maybe it’s time to stop blaming the bird.

“Turkey is a great food. Honestly we should enjoy the turkey. That’s one of the healthiest things on the table,” registered dietician Diana Davis said.

Healthy, for sure. But a sleed aid?

“An hour from now I’m gonna be sitting somewhere in a chair, laid back,” said Mack Cooper, who was busy eating a Thanksgiving lunch at a local restaurant.

Many people drift off to dreams after a hearty helping of turkey and its numerous side dishes. Some claim it’s the tryptophan in the turkey that causes drowsiness.

Davis says you should actually look at what else is heaped up on your plate.

“It’s the quantity that they’ve eaten, especially the carbohydrate foods that are causing an increase in blood sugar, and with that comes the fatigue, the all I want to do is take a nap,” she said.

Tryptophan is actually found in foods we eat every day.

“Protein foods are rich in tryptophan,” Davis explained, “but the quantity of tryptophan that you’re consuming from that turkey dinner is not sufficient to produce that response.”

Rather than just laying back on the sofa after your meal, Davis recommends you get up and take a walk and allow your body to utilize some of that extra glucose that’s circulating in the bloodstream.

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4 Comments on "Feeling sleepy after Thanksgiving dinner? Don’t blame the bird!"

2015 years 10 months ago

For Thanksgiving I ate a lot, as I always do. We had cajun injected deep fried turkey, stuffing which i smother in lots of gravy, lots of rolls with lots of butter, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, rice casserole, oyster casserole, krab casserole (with the good red krab meat), and a few other things that I didn’t eat. All in all I had four plates. We ate around 11 am and then I fell asleep. Its now 7:50pm and I just woke up. Thanksgiving always makes me tired!!!

2015 years 10 months ago

As Julia Child used to say, “there is a difference between eating and feeding”. Which category do you fall into?

2015 years 10 months ago

I’m gonna get me somothat cajin injected deep fried turkey.
Shivver me timbers!

2015 years 10 months ago

Unfortunately, he’s not alone. So many people gorge themselves at Thanksgiving and Christmas that it would be easier to count those who DON’T.

Once or twice a year gorging like this won’t hurt you; it’s what you do on a daily basis that will determine whether you get Diabetes (like myself) or heart disease (like the rest of most of my family). In fact, one of my grandfathers gorged himself on a Thanksgiving meal many years ago, and he passed away during the night (he already had Diabetes). Food…it can be a killer if you don’t watch yourself.


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