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The Real Reason: Why We Feel Sleepy After having Lunch?
Posted on: 25-04-2017 , 11:50:AM | DY365 Bureau

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 Here's the real reason why we feel sleepy after having lunch.

After a heavy meal, our insulin levels spike. This is because, for everything that we eat, our pancreas produces insulin to regulate our blood sugar levels. The heavier the meal, the greater will be the production of insulin.

With the increased secretion of insulin, our body produces the sleep hormone which where it gets metabolized into serotonin and melatonin in our brain and they induce drowsiness.

This nervous response tells our body to slow down, stop doing what we're doing and let our body and mind focus on digestion.

The most important function after eating is digestion which requires energy. So, all your blood streams get diverted towards the task of digestion, hence you feel the energy deficit and also drowsy.

Other than that it also depends on the food that you are eating. If your meal is loaded with fat, it will take more time to digest. If you have a carb-rich meal, the sugar goes to the liver and an increased amount of insulin is generated. In this process, the neurotransmitter serotonin also gets stimulated which induces sleep.

What can you do to avoid feeling sleepy?

Nothing much as the condition is absolutely normal. However, you can cut down the slump, and stay alert by checking your diet. The more you eat, the more energy it takes to break down the food and the sleepier you feel. So keep your lunch light and consume smaller meals throughout the day. Smaller meals at regular intervals would keep you fuller and prevent you from binging on high-carb or salty foods. Avoid too many carbs or fats for lunch and eat foods that are easily digestible. Diabetic patients may have to take extra care.


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