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Is it normal to feel sleepy and tired after eating at any time of the day?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
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 throughout the day. Keep a log of when you feel this way, and what you've eaten in the 2 hours just before that. Many people find that eating fewer carbs (sugars/starches) or walking after eating help them avoid feeling this way.
Dr. Susan Wingo
Dr. Susan Wingo commented
Endocrinology 33 years experience
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It's also a good idea to ask your doctor to check your sugar to find out if you have diabetes, or pre-diabetes, especially if you are overweight, or have family members who have diabetes.
Jan 10, 2012
Dr. Michelle Zetoony
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
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. See someone to make sure it is not sign of sleep disorder due to poor nocturnal sleep.

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