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sudden sleepiness after eating

A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Depends on the food: If you eat lots of carbohydrates, or "white foods" which affect the Insulin system, you may have postprandial hypoglycemia. Turkey with high levels o ... Read More
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience Family Medicine
Sweet dreams: Eating a lot of sugars, or any simple carbohydrate, transiently raises you bloods ph, which causes mild sedation. Eating large meals shunts blood to t ... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
32 years experience Endocrinology
Common, not normal: This is a fairly common experience, especially among people with diabetes, or whose bodies are starting to struggle to maintain stable sugar levels th ... Read More
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Dr. Michelle Zetoony
17 years experience Sleep Medicine
Is can be: Some people it can be. This may have to relate to glycemic index. In general, however, no, not normal. There is natural circadian dip after lunch. ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Murphy
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Lack of sleep?: Some sleepiness after a large meal is common, and probably related to hormonal and brain mechanisms where fullness and sleep cycles are regulated. Exc ... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Gilly
38 years experience Addiction Medicine
It depends ...: Carbohydrates require more energy to digest, so a person may feel tired after eating them. That is why it is better to emphasize proteins for lunch to ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Sleepy after meal: Food in intestine triggers the Parasympathetic nervous system which tells our body to slow down & focus on digesting the food. Brain cells found i ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Munshower
29 years experience Family Medicine
Well, ...: Feeling a little tired after eating a heavy meal is perfectly normal. However, if you feel like having a nap after most meals there could be some unde ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peggy Ching
40 years experience Plastic Surgery
Sugar level rise: Sugar levels normally rise and then fall after eating, depending on what you eat, how much, and when you check the blood. Sleepy after a large meal i ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ramin Ipakchi
21 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Get blood work: You should see your primary care doctor. Some illnesses such as diabetes and other problems should be ruled out. For digestion issues you can start by ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Food allergy?: Your symptoms are suggesting a type of food induced migraine or allergy. Keeping a food log (type of food ingested) and symptoms noticed should help i ... Read More
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