Why Do I Feel Sleepy After I Eat?
Breaking Down the Itis.
You just finished lunch and all of a sudden.... I'm sleepy
Both our brains and our digestive system need lots of energy to function properly. When we eat big meals at lunch time, our body requires that much more effort to digest and break down nutrients, causing our body to slow down and relax. The types of foods we eat also play a large role as well. When we eat bigger meals that contain lots of sugars, our body experiences a big rise in blood sugars which causes us to feel tired, sleepy, or slow. In order to deal with the increase in sugars, insulin is released to attempt to curve the increase in sugar. The rapid drop requires the body to be drained and as a result, fatigue occurs.
To conclude, the exhaustion that comes after a meal is totally natural. In fact, it is the body's response to the work that has to be done to maintain its equilibrium. However, there are some ways to avoid fatigue. The first way is sleep. To ensure better digestion, seven to eight hours of sleep is ideal. Next, avoid foods that are sugar heavy or meals that are very large in portion. The ideal meals to go for are those that are rich in fiber, fruits and vegetables, and appropriate amounts of protein.
Try It Out
2) Try experimenting with different room conditions when you sleep. Note what things and conditions help you sleep better than others. (this is more to do with feeling sleepy even after napping)
Here are some links to information about food, nutrition and sleep :
Avoid these foods
These foods will cause exhaustion.
Here is what a balanced plate looks like.
Don't be this guy!
Avoid the first, more of the second and you will feel less drowsy after eating.