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Why do we always get so sleepy after eating a thanksgiving meal?

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Turkey muscle meat contains an amino acid called 'tryptophan' that basically reacts in the human body as a natural sedative making people sleepy. An extracted, condensed and/or manufactured form 'L-tryptophan' is a common human pharmaseutical used for various things.

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That is what I always heard.
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Yeah but the tryptophan with the other amino acids doesn't make that much of a reaction/doesn't make u drowsy.
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Spu430972, I've been an MD for 25 years and I'll bet you my Porsche 930 Whale Tail that tryptophan affects the balance of amino acids in your system which induces sleep.
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But I get sleepy after big meals and I don't even eat turkey and idea why??
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Wow,I lost brain cells reading the answer...O.O
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overeating most thanksgiving food is heavy food

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WHY? Why
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HaHaHa...Hamburger Powers Unite!!! And i love Nutella!!!
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interesting?
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Lol
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because were hanging out with a whole bunch of old people and they talk about boring stuff so we fall asleep duh

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Lol. You just made my day. Very funny and so true.
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One reason is because you're eating a lot of food. When you eat food, your body takes blood from your brain and uses it to help your stomach digest food. On the other hand, there's also something in the turkey that makes you tired to. I think it has something to do with trytophan.

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I don't.

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I don't get tired, I guess it's because your content and relaxed. Which could make you happily drowsy and fall asleep..?

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If you help with the cooking process than that's why but its because you eat to much

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Turkey contains melatonin, a hormone which makes you tired. Hope this helped!

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As in the thing that makes your skin color change?
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It's called tryptophan, not melatonin.
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Still losing brain cells...
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They clam turkey makes you tired

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Actually eating turkey doesn't necessarily make u sleepy because of the tryptophan in it because tryptophan mixed in with other amino acids doesn't react like tryptophan itself. Although Tryptophan by itself does make u sleepy. Turkey I think has either the almost exact same amount or more tryptophan than cheese. I think that u get drowsy because of the large amount of food consumed and alcohol/wine/beer if any. That's my theory.

Ps: if ur one of those people who sleeps after the thanksgiving meal, u should drink coffee right before ur nap. The caffeine takes effect right when u wake up so u don't get that post-nap-groggyness. U welcome. (Smile)

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Last month, it was my friend's birthday and she wanted a big party with a big fat turkey and with some delicious sides. We had plenty leftovers, especially me. I cut a lot of turkey slices so that I can eat it everyday for sandwiches to eat at lunch. But the thing is, I did add a lot of turkey into my sandwiches. I did that for five days straight. But, I never ever gotten sleepy. So you see, it is not just the turkey by it's self. It can't be. I think the real reason why we all get so sleepy is because of how much food we put into our stomachs. When we eat so much, we get so full. So full, we feel like that we'll burst wide open. Which of course doesn't happened. When we all get so full, that is when and why we get so sleepy. Because, our bodies takes a long time to digest all of that food. When we eat less or not so much food, then our bodies digests for a shorter time. But when we eat a lot more, then our bodies take a longer time (and works harder) to digest all of that food. Our bodies needs to work two or three times much more to digest, when we eat a lot of food. That is why we don't have that much energy when we eat a lot of food. So that is why we all get so sleepy.

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Correct ;) the amino acids play a small part but the food intake is the true reason.
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Maybe If You Eat a lot that you would feel tired, maybe?

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If you eat to much you sometimes just pass out

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The tryptophan in the turkey puts you to sleep.

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our stomachs get big then we get tired and sleep zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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After eating, food normally has certain amino acids that will make you feel drowsy. Another reason is your body id using energy to digest your food, turning sugar into energy to power your stomach muscles. With your body hard at work, how could you not feel sleepy? Hope this helped! :)

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A neurotransmitter that is in turkey that causes sleep--tryptophan. Additionally, most people over eat at thanksgiving causing your body to go on overload.

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Hmm... you're stuffing an incredible amount of food in yourself until you can't eat anything.

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tryptophan. Also, if you're relaxed you tend to become drowsy after a big meal. Perhaps consider going easy on the turkey! Or not.

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I think it is because you are using your jaw from chewing a lot.

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Your stomach needs to disgusts that's why you need to poop

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Good question. You see, there is an Amino Acid that is called "Tryptophan," and this just so happens to be in those great big juicy turkeys that we eat! I'm not exactly sure why, but this Amino Acid that is "tryptophan" makes us very sleepy. :).

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over eating

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Turkey has something in it that makes you sleepy.

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Triptophan. It is in the turkey.

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we start to get hungry and full then we fall asleep

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Because the turkey has trace amounts of morphine in it. When they put it down they inject morphine in it to make it od

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Because it was hard work preparing that meal :D.

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This may sound silly but think this reaction to getting sleepy after big meals dates back to our hunter gatherer days, I believe it was a was survival trait so we could store more fat to help us as we went through lean times. we couldn't always be successful in our hunting and gathering food wasn't always a success either. we weren't farmers then. we had to travel constantly to make do. If we had a abundance of fat we could rely on that to sustain us through the lean times.

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because u r full and animals sleep after they eat, they usually do that :) so our animal instinct comes out n yeah ;)

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You might have been running or using all your energy for fun like racing outside wrestling and after all of that you might of been really tired, then ate a lot of food or whatever then in a while you encounter (which some people like to call it) food comma/sleepy, its from all the energy you have been using in your body and devouring food.

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Because You Ate A Lot of Food And Feel So Stuffed That you Want To Throw Up And Stay In Bed and Fall Asleep Because you feel Extremely Nauses

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Becuase all the carbs and fat make you want to sleep!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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big meals tend to make you sleepy.simple as that

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I think not just the thanksgiving meal,i always feel sleepy if i eat too full .

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too much stuff on our places

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Carbs!

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It's a drug in the turkey that makes u very sleepy!!

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turkey contains melatonin, a sleeping aid.

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There is 2 acids in turkey that makes you sleepy, and I think there is something in cranberry sauce.....

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Simple answer is because of over eating of food...

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there is a couple of acids in a turkey and in cranberry sauce

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Because there is a chemical in turkey that makes you sleepy. It is called tryptophan. I looked it up and got several results. If you are that interested in it.

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