Why are we sleepy after eating, and which foods are to blame

Many of us are faced with the desire to NAP after meals. It turns out that the reason for this may be not only tired or a sincere love to sleep, but some of the dishes.

The website has collected 9 foods that can cause drowsiness, especially in combination with each other.

Dairy products

The successful Union of tryptophan and calcium which helps the brain absorb the amino acid. The greatest relaxing effect have hard cheese, because the calcium in them more. If you add to the cheese cracker, sleepy stronger, because in the presence of carbohydrates the action of the tryptophan becomes more pronounced.


Almonds contains a lot of tryptophan — an amino acid that ensures the production of melatonin — the sleep hormone. In addition, these nuts have lots of magnesium, which relaxes muscles, and then it makes me want to lie down.


The sugars in the banana, makes the tryptophan more available to our brains. Inputs also potassium and magnesium, which are this fruit. These minerals relax the muscles, which the body spreads a pleasant the same weakness.


Walnuts contains less tryptophan than almonds, but they have been ready melatonin. Studies show that eating nuts increases the level of this hormone in the blood, resulting in we can draw in sleep.


Cherries increases levels of melatonin, especially tart varieties. A few berries or even a handful will not change your condition significantly, but after a glass of cherry juice will probably start to feel sleepy.

Chamomile tea

In chamomile contains glycine — an amino acid that has a mild sedative effect and relaxes muscles and nervous system. So after chamomile tea will probably want to lie down and not focus on the important things.

Pumpkin seeds

In addition to tryptophan, pumpkin seeds contain a lot of zinc and magnesium. These elements relax the muscles and nervous system, resulting in may want to take a NAP.

White rice

White rice has a high glycemic index, which provokes drowsiness, though not immediately, but after 3-4 hours. The most pronounced hypnotic effect has, rice varieties Jasmine.

Fatty fish

Acids contained in salmon, tuna or other oily fish, increase the production of melatonin. These acids reduce the level of stress hormone in the blood, which we relax and begin to look for, where to lie down.

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According to the materials Reader's Digest, symptomfind, goodhousekeeping

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via www.ehealthme.com/ds/calcium/sleepiness/


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