Experts Say It’s Not the Turkey’s Fault You’re Passing Out on Thanksgiving
We have a rotating Thanksgiving tradition. As a family, every year we go to one of two places for our Thanksgiving feast. On odd years we go to my cousin’s house in Bridgewater, New Jersey. On the even years, we go to my wife Kathleen’s cousin’s house in Croydon, Pennsylvania. It’s always fun at both, but just a bit different.
At my cousin’s it’s usually about eight to ten people enjoying each other’s company and catching up. There’s always a fantastically prepared sit-down meal with everything you would hope for at Thanksgiving.
At Kathleen’s cousin’s house, the meal is equally deliciously made and served buffet style. We always say a prayer after we all have our food, and then each of us says what we’re thankful for from the previous year. Afterward, because of all the tryptophan in the turkey, many of us fall into a short nap.
Or so I thought.
Since Thanksgiving began, there have always been a few of us who surrender to sleepiness following the huge meal that is consumed at Thanksgiving. I, like many millions of others blame it on the tryptophan. Tryptophan is an amino acid that is found in turkey. However, if you believe what you read at mayoclinic.com, that’s not necessarily true.
That poor bird may be getting blamed for the sleepiness, and it isn’t the bird’s fault.
Tryptophan is used by the human body to make serotonin, a hormone that can make you calm and relax. The truth is that just eating a portion of the turkey would not have that much of an impact on you regarding sleepiness or relaxation.
It is more likely that the stuffing or other carbohydrates may be to blame for you being unable to keep your eyes open. And let’s not forget that six-pack of beer you downed during the football game.