Are You Feeling Turkey-Tired?If you feel more sluggish and tired than usual following a giant turkey feast, it isn't necessarily the turkey that's making you tired. It's a common belief that the L-Tryptophan in the turkey will automatically make you feel tired after the meal but this isn't necessarily so. The only way that you will feel tired from the L-Tryptophan is if you eat turkey on an empty stomach without other proteins or amino acids.
A lot of the sleepiness that you may feel following a large turkey dinner may be due to the two or three plates of food that you have consumed and need to digest. When you have a full stomach the blood from vital organ systems, which includes the nervous system, is directed towards the stomach to help with the digestion. This will make you feel tired, especially if the turkey meal included a lot of other carbohydrates and fats.
It takes a lot of energy to digest fats. These fats also slow down the entire digestive process, which will make you feel more sluggish. If you examine the feast you have just consumed, there's a good chance that there were a lot of fats and carbs sitting on the table with the turkey!
If you've enjoyed a nice glass of wine with your meal or chose to drink an after-meal liqueur, the alcohol will depress your central nervous system. When you add alcohol to the food mix, you may definitely need to take a serious nap after your meal!
In many homes, preparing the turkey dinner is the last thing on the list that needs to be done to complete the holiday celebration. Once the meal has been consumed and everyone is satisfied, a lot of stress may be relieved. This can also contribute to the sleepy feeling! Posted by on