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.
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.
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)
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.
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! :)
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. :).
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.
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.