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Smarter Health: The Low Down on The Post-Turkey Nap
November 19, 2012 at 12:00 AM

It's Turkey Week! According to, 46 million turkeys are eaten at Thanksgiving. That's a lot of gobble gobble being gobbled up...and a lot of post-turkey feast naps. But does the turkey meat cause that sleepiness or what? Someone else in our community also had that same question.

motherlover445 asks: Can you settle the debate in our house - why do we get so sleepy after eating turkey at Thanksgiving? My husband says it is due to the tryptophan, I say it is because we've been running around and eat a big meal and get that "crash" because of full bellies. Who's correct?

Yes, we all know that feeling and have seen the reclined bodies all over the house about 20 minutes after eating the Thanksgiving meal. And yes, we've all heard that tryptophan (which is an amino acid) is the snooze-inducer. But, friends, is a myth. It is not the tryptophan's fault, as it is found in many, many, many foods we consume everyday - other poultry, pork, eggs and so on.

So what does cause it? Probably a variety of things - the full belly being one of them, as we tend to eat much more than usual at one sitting at Thanksgiving. Add to that the carbohydrates we eat (stuffing, mashed potatoes) and possibly some wine, you've got the right recipe for naptime. Finish it up with the fact many of us were hard at work in the kitchen and are a tad exhausted, then -- bam! -- you're looking at some droopy eyelids.

So, if I have to settle the debate, I declare you the victor!

Do you get sleepy after the Thanksgiving feast?

Š NWPhotoguy 


  • bether89
    November 19, 2012 at 12:29 AM

     Sometimes I get sleepy after Thanksgiving lunch.

  • othermom
    November 19, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Not usually. I am to busy with the kids to feel sleepy

  • fraujones
    November 19, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    I get sleepy after most big meals. 

  • lil_mama06
    November 19, 2012 at 10:54 AM
    Yes, we all take a nap.Then we go get our tree and come home and decorate,watch movies and munch...
  • EbonySnow
    November 19, 2012 at 11:00 AM

     i get a little sleep but I don't nap

  • Godspitgrl
    November 19, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    yes but thats cause I have been doing things all day and fighting with the kids. I do not eat turkey

  • lasombrs
    November 19, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    usually but we have a long drive home so no nap for us

  • Rushn311
    November 19, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Usually but I don't

  • Hottmomma607
    November 19, 2012 at 2:19 PM
    I do but I'm usually tired from being up late! I try not to lay down!!
  • SweetLuci
    November 19, 2012 at 3:07 PM

     I'd like to take a nap, but with a houseful of people, that's not happening.

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