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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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Extremely tired after eating a normal meal. Is this when Excessive Daytime Sleepiness is at its worst?

Extremely tired after eating a normal meal. Is this when Excessive Daytime Sleepiness is at its worst?

Two different issues: Review your diet for excess of carbohydrates, check for celiac disease and other food sensitivities, maintain a regular sleep schedule, consult with a sleep disorders specialist are only some of the first steps to proper diagnosis and quick recovery. Good luck! ...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

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Feeling a little dizzy& sleepy & tired all the time , although i sleep 8-9 hrs/day ... I am taking cipralex 15 mg for 2 months ..... Is this normal !

Feeling a little dizzy& sleepy & tired all the time , although i sleep 8-9 hrs/day ... I am taking cipralex 15 mg for 2 months ..... Is this normal !

Not normal: It sounds as if you are getting enough sleep, but not finding it restorative. This could be a medication side effect, a residual depressive symptom (assuming the cipralex was prescribed for depression) or a symptom of some other medical condition - a sleep disorder or thyroid disease, for example. I recommend talking it over with your doctor to try and get to the bottom of it. ...Read more

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Is it normal to feel tired and sleepy all the time while on 125mcg levothyroxine?

Is it normal to feel tired and sleepy all the time while on 125mcg levothyroxine?

Thyroid function?: If thyroid function is normal on that dose, then other causes of fatigue should be explored. Please discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it normal to feel very sleepy after a nose bleed? As a child, I had them all the time. Now, I've been getting them and feel extremely tired after.

Is it normal to feel very sleepy after a nose bleed? As a child, I had them all the time. Now, I've been getting them and feel extremely tired after.

Nosebleeds: I recommend an ENT to examine your nose for the cause. Not normal to get recurring nosebleeds and can be dangerous. You also need blood work to make sure you haven't developed 'anemia' and/or iron deficiency from chonic bleeding that is causing your fatigue. ...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