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Here Is Why You Fall Asleep After Thanksgiving Dinner

First off, I want to take a second to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.  Enjoy the precious time you get to spend with your family, and give thanks to all the wonderful blessings we all have in our lives.

Just a quick friendly reminder about our office hours during this holiday week. We will be open regular hours on Monday and Wednesday in Derby, and Tuesday in Fredonia. The offices will be closed the remainder of the week in observance of the holiday. Be sure to stop in for your adjustment early this week!

So what is it that makes you tired after Thanksgiving dinner?  

You may have heard of the amino acid found in turkey called Tryptophan, and that is to blame for your post-meal nap on the couch. The truth is, tryptophan is not only found in turkey, but also in other poultry, pork, fish, and eggs. Although it is documented that tryptophan can have a calming effect on your nervous system and induce some sleepiness, this is not the main reason you can't keep your eyes open after your afternoon dinner. The real reason is the sheer volume of food consumed (mostly carbohydrates) combined with, in many cases, copious amounts of alcohol. It takes a lot of energy for your body to process that much food and alcohol. In order to do it as effectively as possible it will make you tired to reduce your activity level so it can focus solely on processing the food you just consumed.

You best plan to ward off that sleepiness then is clearly not to consume enough food for an Army. Try keeping snacks and drinks to a minimum, and only eat 1 small serving of each item you want.....Yes, that means NO second helpings!  :)  

Once again, have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving everyone!