Why do we have such a hard time staying awake after Thanksgiving dinner?
This is commonly answered with the fact that turkey contains tryptophan, but turkey isn't anymore sleep-inducing than other foods. This is just a myth.
Tryptophan is a component of the brain chemical serotonin, which gets converted into melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone that regulates sleep and wakefulness. Chicken and many other foods also contain tryptophan, in similar amounts to that found in turkey. Some foods like cheddar cheese actually contain more tryptophan, gram for gram, than turkey does. When was the last time you felt sluggish after eating cheese or chicken at a barbecue? Never... So why does turkey get the blame?
It has to do with the whole Thanksgiving feast. The consumption of carbohydrates and alcohol are more at fault for your sleepiness. Additionally, most of us overeat on Thanksgiving and this makes you sleepy because it takes a considerable amount of energy to digest food, especially the high-calorie Thanksgiving feasts.
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