If You're Driving On Thanksgiving Or Day After, Read This

Jim Luff
Posted on November 25, 2014
Be aware of increased drowsiness. While most people blame the groggy feeling on trypophan found in turkey, that’s just one of the culprits. In case you don’t know, Tryptophan is an acid the body uses to produce Vitamin B3 and serotonin. Serotonin regulates your sleep pattern. It can’t be produced by your body, so your body relies on food to get it. If you eat a normal size meal, it shouldn’t have any effect as lots of other food has tryptophan.

However, eating large portions of any food that contains it, such as cheese, chocolate, nuts or bananas, can have the same effect.

Here are some tips to enjoy Thanksgiving without the grogginess:

  • Don’t eat turkey on an empty stomach. It intensifies the effect.
  • Avoid eating turkey skin. It contains more fat and tryptophan
  • Avoid heavy drinking with tryptophan as it also intensifies the effect.
  • Avoid gorging yourself. The more you eat, the more blood is sent to the digestive system leaving less for brain processes.

For additional information on drowsy driving, visit the National Sleep Foundation's website at DrowsyDriving.org.

 Happy Thanksgiving! The average Thanksgiving meal is 3,000-plus calories!

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