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Can adrenal gland cause excessive sleepiness after eating?

Can adrenal gland cause excessive sleepiness after eating?

No: Sleepiness after eating is usually due to Amino Acids like tryptophan in the food, that is why people get sleepy after thanksgiving turkey. ...Read more

Dr. Marsha Davis
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Why is it that i feel so sleepy after eating sometimes?

Why is it that i feel so sleepy after eating sometimes?

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 of seratonin is often a thansgiving culprit. Your situation is common, and not an area of concern, but review your food experiences, as you will find some provocateurs and some non-sleep inducers. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Why do I get very sleepy after eating?

Why do I get very sleepy after eating?

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 help avoid the mid-afternoon "blahs". ...Read more

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After eating sweets I feel sleepy and my BP was 96 over 60?

After eating sweets I feel sleepy and my BP was 96 over 60?

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 the stomach which can make you feel tired as well. ...Read more

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What biochemical process makes us feel sleepy after eating lunch?

What biochemical process makes us feel sleepy after eating lunch?

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 in the Hypothalamus in the brain, called Orexin, neurons, produce the protein Orexin which regulates wakefulness. Also, Insulin from the pancreas causes increase Melatonin & Serotonin production, hence drowsiness. ...Read more

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Is it normal to always feel super sleepy after eating? Should there be a concern?

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 underlying health problem that needs addressing. Excessive secretion of insulin, which is the body's way of trying to balance blood sugar levels, causes tryptophan to move into the brain, where it is metabolised into serotonin and melatonin. These neurotransmitters have a calming effect and help regulate sleep. ...Read more

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Why I am feeling sleepy and drawsy immediately after eating mostly in the evening?

Why I am feeling sleepy and drawsy immediately after eating mostly in the evening?

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. Excessive/increased sleepiness at any time may suggest a problem with not enough or poor quality sleep. Other medical conditions like low thyroid can also contribute. Talk with your dr about your sleep and general health screening. ...Read more

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Constant bad digestion, tired and sleepy after eating . What can i do?

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 taking reflux medication but see your doctor for other symptoms ...Read more

Dr. Masoud Sadighpour
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