It’s certainly a normal routine among a majority of Nigerians, that after the Sunday service, we get back home and consume our stereotyped bowl of Sunday rice and stew or Jollof rice, or Fried, whichever one and moments after, we down with that “Sunday nap”… You can’t deny it! You know it’s true!
I won’t deny it too cause it just happened to me today and I decided to educate myself about it and my findings reveal it’s not something to worry that deeply about after all… but still, it’s something to be reviewed.
An article I came across from HealthLine, says in general, a little bit of sleepiness after eating is completely normal and nothing to worry about. There are several factors that contribute to this post-meal phenomenon, and there are a few things you might be able to do to minimize those drowsy effects.
Your Digestion Cycle
Your body needs energy to function, to breathe and simply exist. We get this energy from our food, which is broken down into fuel, or glucose, by our digestive system, and then macronutrients provide calories, or energy, to our bodies. More than just changing food into energy, our digestive cycle triggers all kinds of responses within our body.
Hormones such as cholecystokinin (CCK), glucagon, and amylin are released to increase satiety, blood sugar rises, and insulin is produced to allow this sugar to go from the blood and into the cells, where it is used for energy. Interestingly, there are also hormones that can increase in the brain, such as serotonin, that can lead to drowsiness. Melatonin, the other hormone that induces sleep, is not released due to eating, but food does influence melatonin production
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