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What Causes Extreme Sleepiness After Eating Sweets
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
What could be causing me to have a fast heart rate, confusion, double vision, sleepiness after eating?
Many causes: First thing to do is sit down with a competent physician and provide a detailed history and receive a thorough physical exam-then appropriate diagnostic tests if necessary can be suggested. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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