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Eat and Want to Go to Sleep, Like a Drunk

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After I eat I have to fight the desire to sleep.  When I worked I'd go to lunch and then find some place to sleep it off.  I am diabetic II and was told by a nurse, as if she read my mind, not to sleep after eating but to go for a walk.  Chah!  Being physical is the last thing I want to do after eating.  I told my therapist in the old days I'd eat until I got that >click< in my head that signaled I was ready to go to sleep and she said it sounded like self-medicating.  I've spent an awful lot of time sleeping the last few years.  Am I escaping life? 

I just had a sparse breakfast and I still want to go to sleep so it apparently has nothing to do with the volume of food I eat but the act so here I am fighting the desire to sleep. 

I've never heard anyone else talk about this online or in a meeting.  I had an eating/shopping buddy who didn't like to shop after eating the same as I but she's the only one and she's never said she wanted to go to sleep after every act of eating; she just didn't want to do anything strenuous, like shopping.

Is this a learned behavior, or am I a food drunk?  LOL.  I don't know what else to call it.

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This was happening to a friend of mine, and it turned out he had a gluten allergy; once he eliminated gluten he was right back to normal. I know some proteins (like Casine) can also have a neurological effect on people. I would check with an allergist!

I hate that feeling! It used to happen to me all the time. A bunch of different things could be going on, but with me it came down to two: diet and depression.

With diet, if you're diabetic, these factors might be different for you and you should definitely talk to your doctor before making major changes, but I find that 1) high calorie, 2) simple carb and 3) fat-heavy meals tend to do this to me.

I changed my diet to greatly reduce simple carbs (except for fruit) and fats, and I eat five small meals a day with lots of protein and veggies instead of three large ones. I almost never feel tired after eating anymore. I also like to drink green tea, which has a little bit of caffeine (much less than coffee) in it and will give you a small boost that won't make you crash later.

With depression, I actually found that my physical and emotional well-being were deeply connected. I spent many of my teenage years on antidepressants that never really seemed to work. When I started making changes for my physical health - eating better, exercising more, and keeping a regular sleep schedule - my moods really stabilized a lot.

Something else that helps with food grogginess is taking a walk to the park (if there's one near you) at breakfast or lunchtime and eating there. The walk there and back will help keep you from getting sleepy, you'll have the treat of the meal outdoors, and it'll leave you feeling surprisingly energized.

For the nighttime, one of my favorite social customs is that of the Italian passeggiata - a slow evening stroll following dinner, usually about an hour. In small towns especially, it's a significant social event (people even dress for it, like an old school promenade!), but it has the added benefit of getting you moving after a meal. It's a great habit to get into, and it both exercises and wears you out a little before bedtime.

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