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Food Myth: Tired from Turkey?

Food Myth: Tired from Turkey?

For me, Thanksgiving means food, family and at least one smug foodie desperately trying to put their hours spent watching the Food Network to good use. You know the type: they refuse to eat turkey unless the bird in question is local, hormone-free and took at least one trip to Europe before ending up in your oven. And if you think that’s extreme, just wait until you hear what they have to say about basting, or the “proper” way to use a meat thermometer…who knew there was a wrong way to use those things? But above all: anyone with even a shred of common sense knows better than to yawn in these folks’ presence after dinner, because they’re ready to deliver a lecture on tryptophan at the droop of an eyelid.

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Full disclosure: at my family’s own dinner table, I’m usually the one filling that role. I can rant about ethically sourced meat with the best of them, and I’ve told many a groggy cousin that they can thank tryptophan, an amino acid in turkey, for their post-dinner sleepies. I do this because hello, this stuff is super cool. I mean, there have to be other people out there who share in my dorky interests, right?

Enter Monica Reinagle: certified nutritionist and reigning queen of food nerds everywhere. I’m a big fan of Ms. Reinagle, and have been tuning into her podcast, the Nutrition Diva, for a couple of years now. During my most recent ND marathon, I came across the episode, “Healthy Thanksgiving Eating Tips.” Before pressing play, I saw in the episode’s description that it covered the age-old question, “Does turkey really make you drowsy?”

“C’mon, Monica! I already know this!” I thought, smugly. ”Whatever, I’m sure you’ll just confirm what I already know to be true… “

Leave it to a certified nutritionist to make a self-righteous foodie (whose credentials include “Iron Chef watcher” and self-proclaimed “pizza connoisseur”) realize the error of her ways. According to Ms. Reinagle, while turkey does contain tryptophan, and tryptophan can be converted to sleep-inducing serotonin, this only happens when there are no other amino acids present, which is not the case in turkey meat. Plus, tryptophan can be found in “everything from pumpkin seeds to parmesan cheese,” and turkey isn’t even the most tryptophan-rich food out there. According to the folks at WebMD, chicken actually contains slightly more tryptophan than turkey, and I can’t remember a grilled chicken breast ever making me Thanksgiving-level sleepy.

So if not tryptophan, what’s really behind our need to nap on Turkey Day? Hard to say, though I think it probably has something to do with the 4,500 calories we pack into one sitting. Remember how cramming an entire semester’s worth of work into one night made your brain feel? That’s what Thanksgiving dinner does to your digestive system. So this year, maybe give your body some time to rest up before you go blaming the bird.

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Food Myths: Does Turkey Make You Sleepy?

You finish that thanksgiving feast and immediately all you want to do is sleep. Many people blame the turkey for their sudden comatose state, but that may not be 100% true.

[Voiceover] I love Thanksgiving.

But there's one thing that gets me.

It always makes me sleepy.

But did you just blame your post-Thanksgiving sleepiness

[Voiceover] Yeah, turkey has a bunch of tryptophan in it.

The stuff that makes you super sleepy.

I'm not so sure about that.

I mean, let's talk about this.

that makes you so tired on Thanksgiving?

[Voiceover] My money's on true.

You're right that turkey has tryptophan in it.

But so do a lot of high-protein foods.

Did you know, for example, that cheese actually has more

Tryptophan is a precursor to serotonin.

[Voiceover] That's the neurotransmitter that gives you

The chemical that's released in the brain,

if you have sex or do drugs?

[Voiceover] Yeah, it's responsible for the warm and fuzzy

feels, but also it gets converted into melatonin, which

is the chemical that makes you sleepy.

[Voiceover] Ah, so it does make you sleepy?

[Voiceover] Well, yeah it can.

But no more than other protein-rich foods, though.

The reason why it makes you extra sleepy on Thanksgiving is

because you eat that turkey with a whole bunch of carbs.

All of those carbs speed up the process of converting

that tryptophan into melatonin.

Plus, you've just eaten a crazy amount of food, right?

So your body is slowing down to try and digest it all.

Not to mention all of the wine.

[Voiceover] I mean, it's really just a perfect storm

for the melatonin factories in your brain to just kind of

go wild and flood your system with sleepiness.

[Voiceover] Ugh, I can't just blame it on the turkey?

You can't just blame it on the turkey anymore.

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Food Myths: Does Turkey Make You Sleepy?

You finish that thanksgiving feast and immediately all you want to do is sleep. Many people blame the turkey for their sudden comatose state, but that may not be 100% true.

[Voiceover] I love Thanksgiving.

But there's one thing that gets me.

It always makes me sleepy.

But did you just blame your post-Thanksgiving sleepiness

[Voiceover] Yeah, turkey has a bunch of tryptophan in it.

The stuff that makes you super sleepy.

I'm not so sure about that.

I mean, let's talk about this.

that makes you so tired on Thanksgiving?

[Voiceover] My money's on true.

You're right that turkey has tryptophan in it.

But so do a lot of high-protein foods.

Did you know, for example, that cheese actually has more

Tryptophan is a precursor to serotonin.

[Voiceover] That's the neurotransmitter that gives you

The chemical that's released in the brain,

if you have sex or do drugs?

[Voiceover] Yeah, it's responsible for the warm and fuzzy

feels, but also it gets converted into melatonin, which

is the chemical that makes you sleepy.

[Voiceover] Ah, so it does make you sleepy?

[Voiceover] Well, yeah it can.

But no more than other protein-rich foods, though.

The reason why it makes you extra sleepy on Thanksgiving is

because you eat that turkey with a whole bunch of carbs.

All of those carbs speed up the process of converting

that tryptophan into melatonin.

Plus, you've just eaten a crazy amount of food, right?

So your body is slowing down to try and digest it all.

Not to mention all of the wine.

[Voiceover] I mean, it's really just a perfect storm

for the melatonin factories in your brain to just kind of

go wild and flood your system with sleepiness.

[Voiceover] Ugh, I can't just blame it on the turkey?

You can't just blame it on the turkey anymore.

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Food Myths: Does Turkey Make You Sleepy?

You finish that thanksgiving feast and immediately all you want to do is sleep. Many people blame the turkey for their sudden comatose state, but that may not be 100% true.

[Voiceover] I love Thanksgiving.

But there's one thing that gets me.

It always makes me sleepy.

But did you just blame your post-Thanksgiving sleepiness

[Voiceover] Yeah, turkey has a bunch of tryptophan in it.

The stuff that makes you super sleepy.

I'm not so sure about that.

I mean, let's talk about this.

that makes you so tired on Thanksgiving?

[Voiceover] My money's on true.

You're right that turkey has tryptophan in it.

But so do a lot of high-protein foods.

Did you know, for example, that cheese actually has more

Tryptophan is a precursor to serotonin.

[Voiceover] That's the neurotransmitter that gives you

The chemical that's released in the brain,

if you have sex or do drugs?

[Voiceover] Yeah, it's responsible for the warm and fuzzy

feels, but also it gets converted into melatonin, which

is the chemical that makes you sleepy.

[Voiceover] Ah, so it does make you sleepy?

[Voiceover] Well, yeah it can.

But no more than other protein-rich foods, though.

The reason why it makes you extra sleepy on Thanksgiving is

because you eat that turkey with a whole bunch of carbs.

All of those carbs speed up the process of converting

that tryptophan into melatonin.

Plus, you've just eaten a crazy amount of food, right?

So your body is slowing down to try and digest it all.

Not to mention all of the wine.

[Voiceover] I mean, it's really just a perfect storm

for the melatonin factories in your brain to just kind of

go wild and flood your system with sleepiness.

[Voiceover] Ugh, I can't just blame it on the turkey?

You can't just blame it on the turkey anymore.

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Food Myths: Does Turkey Make You Sleepy?

You finish that thanksgiving feast and immediately all you want to do is sleep. Many people blame the turkey for their sudden comatose state, but that may not be 100% true.

[Voiceover] I love Thanksgiving.

But there's one thing that gets me.

It always makes me sleepy.

But did you just blame your post-Thanksgiving sleepiness

[Voiceover] Yeah, turkey has a bunch of tryptophan in it.

The stuff that makes you super sleepy.

I'm not so sure about that.

I mean, let's talk about this.

that makes you so tired on Thanksgiving?

[Voiceover] My money's on true.

You're right that turkey has tryptophan in it.

But so do a lot of high-protein foods.

Did you know, for example, that cheese actually has more

Tryptophan is a precursor to serotonin.

[Voiceover] That's the neurotransmitter that gives you

The chemical that's released in the brain,

if you have sex or do drugs?

[Voiceover] Yeah, it's responsible for the warm and fuzzy

feels, but also it gets converted into melatonin, which

is the chemical that makes you sleepy.

[Voiceover] Ah, so it does make you sleepy?

[Voiceover] Well, yeah it can.

But no more than other protein-rich foods, though.

The reason why it makes you extra sleepy on Thanksgiving is

because you eat that turkey with a whole bunch of carbs.

All of those carbs speed up the process of converting

that tryptophan into melatonin.

Plus, you've just eaten a crazy amount of food, right?

So your body is slowing down to try and digest it all.

Not to mention all of the wine.

[Voiceover] I mean, it's really just a perfect storm

for the melatonin factories in your brain to just kind of

go wild and flood your system with sleepiness.

[Voiceover] Ugh, I can't just blame it on the turkey?

You can't just blame it on the turkey anymore.

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Food Myths: Does Turkey Make You Sleepy?

You finish that thanksgiving feast and immediately all you want to do is sleep. Many people blame the turkey for their sudden comatose state, but that may not be 100% true.

[Voiceover] I love Thanksgiving.

But there's one thing that gets me.

It always makes me sleepy.

But did you just blame your post-Thanksgiving sleepiness

[Voiceover] Yeah, turkey has a bunch of tryptophan in it.

The stuff that makes you super sleepy.

I'm not so sure about that.

I mean, let's talk about this.

that makes you so tired on Thanksgiving?

[Voiceover] My money's on true.

You're right that turkey has tryptophan in it.

But so do a lot of high-protein foods.

Did you know, for example, that cheese actually has more

Tryptophan is a precursor to serotonin.

[Voiceover] That's the neurotransmitter that gives you

The chemical that's released in the brain,

if you have sex or do drugs?

[Voiceover] Yeah, it's responsible for the warm and fuzzy

feels, but also it gets converted into melatonin, which

is the chemical that makes you sleepy.

[Voiceover] Ah, so it does make you sleepy?

[Voiceover] Well, yeah it can.

But no more than other protein-rich foods, though.

The reason why it makes you extra sleepy on Thanksgiving is

because you eat that turkey with a whole bunch of carbs.

All of those carbs speed up the process of converting

that tryptophan into melatonin.

Plus, you've just eaten a crazy amount of food, right?

So your body is slowing down to try and digest it all.

Not to mention all of the wine.

[Voiceover] I mean, it's really just a perfect storm

for the melatonin factories in your brain to just kind of

go wild and flood your system with sleepiness.

[Voiceover] Ugh, I can't just blame it on the turkey?

You can't just blame it on the turkey anymore.

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Food Myths: Does Turkey Make You Sleepy?

You finish that thanksgiving feast and immediately all you want to do is sleep. Many people blame the turkey for their sudden comatose state, but that may not be 100% true.

[Voiceover] I love Thanksgiving.

But there's one thing that gets me.

It always makes me sleepy.

But did you just blame your post-Thanksgiving sleepiness

[Voiceover] Yeah, turkey has a bunch of tryptophan in it.

The stuff that makes you super sleepy.

I'm not so sure about that.

I mean, let's talk about this.

that makes you so tired on Thanksgiving?

[Voiceover] My money's on true.

You're right that turkey has tryptophan in it.

But so do a lot of high-protein foods.

Did you know, for example, that cheese actually has more

Tryptophan is a precursor to serotonin.

[Voiceover] That's the neurotransmitter that gives you

The chemical that's released in the brain,

if you have sex or do drugs?

[Voiceover] Yeah, it's responsible for the warm and fuzzy

feels, but also it gets converted into melatonin, which

is the chemical that makes you sleepy.

[Voiceover] Ah, so it does make you sleepy?

[Voiceover] Well, yeah it can.

But no more than other protein-rich foods, though.

The reason why it makes you extra sleepy on Thanksgiving is

because you eat that turkey with a whole bunch of carbs.

All of those carbs speed up the process of converting

that tryptophan into melatonin.

Plus, you've just eaten a crazy amount of food, right?

So your body is slowing down to try and digest it all.

Not to mention all of the wine.

[Voiceover] I mean, it's really just a perfect storm

for the melatonin factories in your brain to just kind of

go wild and flood your system with sleepiness.

[Voiceover] Ugh, I can't just blame it on the turkey?

You can't just blame it on the turkey anymore.

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Food Myths: Does Turkey Make You Sleepy?

You finish that thanksgiving feast and immediately all you want to do is sleep. Many people blame the turkey for their sudden comatose state, but that may not be 100% true.

[Voiceover] I love Thanksgiving.

But there's one thing that gets me.

It always makes me sleepy.

But did you just blame your post-Thanksgiving sleepiness

[Voiceover] Yeah, turkey has a bunch of tryptophan in it.

The stuff that makes you super sleepy.

I'm not so sure about that.

I mean, let's talk about this.

that makes you so tired on Thanksgiving?

[Voiceover] My money's on true.

You're right that turkey has tryptophan in it.

But so do a lot of high-protein foods.

Did you know, for example, that cheese actually has more

Tryptophan is a precursor to serotonin.

[Voiceover] That's the neurotransmitter that gives you

The chemical that's released in the brain,

if you have sex or do drugs?

[Voiceover] Yeah, it's responsible for the warm and fuzzy

feels, but also it gets converted into melatonin, which

is the chemical that makes you sleepy.

[Voiceover] Ah, so it does make you sleepy?

[Voiceover] Well, yeah it can.

But no more than other protein-rich foods, though.

The reason why it makes you extra sleepy on Thanksgiving is

because you eat that turkey with a whole bunch of carbs.

All of those carbs speed up the process of converting

that tryptophan into melatonin.

Plus, you've just eaten a crazy amount of food, right?

So your body is slowing down to try and digest it all.

Not to mention all of the wine.

[Voiceover] I mean, it's really just a perfect storm

for the melatonin factories in your brain to just kind of

go wild and flood your system with sleepiness.

[Voiceover] Ugh, I can't just blame it on the turkey?

You can't just blame it on the turkey anymore.

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Food Myths: Does Turkey Make You Sleepy?

You finish that thanksgiving feast and immediately all you want to do is sleep. Many people blame the turkey for their sudden comatose state, but that may not be 100% true.

[Voiceover] I love Thanksgiving.

But there's one thing that gets me.

It always makes me sleepy.

But did you just blame your post-Thanksgiving sleepiness

[Voiceover] Yeah, turkey has a bunch of tryptophan in it.

The stuff that makes you super sleepy.

I'm not so sure about that.

I mean, let's talk about this.

that makes you so tired on Thanksgiving?

[Voiceover] My money's on true.

You're right that turkey has tryptophan in it.

But so do a lot of high-protein foods.

Did you know, for example, that cheese actually has more

Tryptophan is a precursor to serotonin.

[Voiceover] That's the neurotransmitter that gives you

The chemical that's released in the brain,

if you have sex or do drugs?

[Voiceover] Yeah, it's responsible for the warm and fuzzy

feels, but also it gets converted into melatonin, which

is the chemical that makes you sleepy.

[Voiceover] Ah, so it does make you sleepy?

[Voiceover] Well, yeah it can.

But no more than other protein-rich foods, though.

The reason why it makes you extra sleepy on Thanksgiving is

because you eat that turkey with a whole bunch of carbs.

All of those carbs speed up the process of converting

that tryptophan into melatonin.

Plus, you've just eaten a crazy amount of food, right?

So your body is slowing down to try and digest it all.

Not to mention all of the wine.

[Voiceover] I mean, it's really just a perfect storm

for the melatonin factories in your brain to just kind of

go wild and flood your system with sleepiness.

[Voiceover] Ugh, I can't just blame it on the turkey?

You can't just blame it on the turkey anymore.

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Food Myths: Does Turkey Make You Sleepy?

You finish that thanksgiving feast and immediately all you want to do is sleep. Many people blame the turkey for their sudden comatose state, but that may not be 100% true.

[Voiceover] I love Thanksgiving.

But there's one thing that gets me.

It always makes me sleepy.

But did you just blame your post-Thanksgiving sleepiness

[Voiceover] Yeah, turkey has a bunch of tryptophan in it.

The stuff that makes you super sleepy.

I'm not so sure about that.

I mean, let's talk about this.

that makes you so tired on Thanksgiving?

[Voiceover] My money's on true.

You're right that turkey has tryptophan in it.

But so do a lot of high-protein foods.

Did you know, for example, that cheese actually has more

Tryptophan is a precursor to serotonin.

[Voiceover] That's the neurotransmitter that gives you

The chemical that's released in the brain,

if you have sex or do drugs?

[Voiceover] Yeah, it's responsible for the warm and fuzzy

feels, but also it gets converted into melatonin, which

is the chemical that makes you sleepy.

[Voiceover] Ah, so it does make you sleepy?

[Voiceover] Well, yeah it can.

But no more than other protein-rich foods, though.

The reason why it makes you extra sleepy on Thanksgiving is

because you eat that turkey with a whole bunch of carbs.

All of those carbs speed up the process of converting

that tryptophan into melatonin.

Plus, you've just eaten a crazy amount of food, right?

So your body is slowing down to try and digest it all.

Not to mention all of the wine.

[Voiceover] I mean, it's really just a perfect storm

for the melatonin factories in your brain to just kind of

go wild and flood your system with sleepiness.

[Voiceover] Ugh, I can't just blame it on the turkey?

You can't just blame it on the turkey anymore.

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Food Myths: Does Turkey Make You Sleepy?

You finish that thanksgiving feast and immediately all you want to do is sleep. Many people blame the turkey for their sudden comatose state, but that may not be 100% true.

[Voiceover] I love Thanksgiving.

But there's one thing that gets me.

It always makes me sleepy.

But did you just blame your post-Thanksgiving sleepiness

[Voiceover] Yeah, turkey has a bunch of tryptophan in it.

The stuff that makes you super sleepy.

I'm not so sure about that.

I mean, let's talk about this.

that makes you so tired on Thanksgiving?

[Voiceover] My money's on true.

You're right that turkey has tryptophan in it.

But so do a lot of high-protein foods.

Did you know, for example, that cheese actually has more

Tryptophan is a precursor to serotonin.

[Voiceover] That's the neurotransmitter that gives you

The chemical that's released in the brain,

if you have sex or do drugs?

[Voiceover] Yeah, it's responsible for the warm and fuzzy

feels, but also it gets converted into melatonin, which

is the chemical that makes you sleepy.

[Voiceover] Ah, so it does make you sleepy?

[Voiceover] Well, yeah it can.

But no more than other protein-rich foods, though.

The reason why it makes you extra sleepy on Thanksgiving is

because you eat that turkey with a whole bunch of carbs.

All of those carbs speed up the process of converting

that tryptophan into melatonin.

Plus, you've just eaten a crazy amount of food, right?

So your body is slowing down to try and digest it all.

Not to mention all of the wine.

[Voiceover] I mean, it's really just a perfect storm

for the melatonin factories in your brain to just kind of

go wild and flood your system with sleepiness.

[Voiceover] Ugh, I can't just blame it on the turkey?

You can't just blame it on the turkey anymore.

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Food Myths: Does Turkey Make You Sleepy?

You finish that thanksgiving feast and immediately all you want to do is sleep. Many people blame the turkey for their sudden comatose state, but that may not be 100% true.

[Voiceover] I love Thanksgiving.

But there's one thing that gets me.

It always makes me sleepy.

But did you just blame your post-Thanksgiving sleepiness

[Voiceover] Yeah, turkey has a bunch of tryptophan in it.

The stuff that makes you super sleepy.

I'm not so sure about that.

I mean, let's talk about this.

that makes you so tired on Thanksgiving?

[Voiceover] My money's on true.

You're right that turkey has tryptophan in it.

But so do a lot of high-protein foods.

Did you know, for example, that cheese actually has more

Tryptophan is a precursor to serotonin.

[Voiceover] That's the neurotransmitter that gives you

The chemical that's released in the brain,

if you have sex or do drugs?

[Voiceover] Yeah, it's responsible for the warm and fuzzy

feels, but also it gets converted into melatonin, which

is the chemical that makes you sleepy.

[Voiceover] Ah, so it does make you sleepy?

[Voiceover] Well, yeah it can.

But no more than other protein-rich foods, though.

The reason why it makes you extra sleepy on Thanksgiving is

because you eat that turkey with a whole bunch of carbs.

All of those carbs speed up the process of converting

that tryptophan into melatonin.

Plus, you've just eaten a crazy amount of food, right?

So your body is slowing down to try and digest it all.

Not to mention all of the wine.

[Voiceover] I mean, it's really just a perfect storm

for the melatonin factories in your brain to just kind of

go wild and flood your system with sleepiness.

[Voiceover] Ugh, I can't just blame it on the turkey?

You can't just blame it on the turkey anymore.

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Food Myths: Does Turkey Make You Sleepy?

You finish that thanksgiving feast and immediately all you want to do is sleep. Many people blame the turkey for their sudden comatose state, but that may not be 100% true.

[Voiceover] I love Thanksgiving.

But there's one thing that gets me.

It always makes me sleepy.

But did you just blame your post-Thanksgiving sleepiness

[Voiceover] Yeah, turkey has a bunch of tryptophan in it.

The stuff that makes you super sleepy.

I'm not so sure about that.

I mean, let's talk about this.

that makes you so tired on Thanksgiving?

[Voiceover] My money's on true.

You're right that turkey has tryptophan in it.

But so do a lot of high-protein foods.

Did you know, for example, that cheese actually has more

Tryptophan is a precursor to serotonin.

[Voiceover] That's the neurotransmitter that gives you

The chemical that's released in the brain,

if you have sex or do drugs?

[Voiceover] Yeah, it's responsible for the warm and fuzzy

feels, but also it gets converted into melatonin, which

is the chemical that makes you sleepy.

[Voiceover] Ah, so it does make you sleepy?

[Voiceover] Well, yeah it can.

But no more than other protein-rich foods, though.

The reason why it makes you extra sleepy on Thanksgiving is

because you eat that turkey with a whole bunch of carbs.

All of those carbs speed up the process of converting

that tryptophan into melatonin.

Plus, you've just eaten a crazy amount of food, right?

So your body is slowing down to try and digest it all.

Not to mention all of the wine.

[Voiceover] I mean, it's really just a perfect storm

for the melatonin factories in your brain to just kind of

go wild and flood your system with sleepiness.

[Voiceover] Ugh, I can't just blame it on the turkey?

You can't just blame it on the turkey anymore.

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Food Myths: Does Turkey Make You Sleepy?

You finish that thanksgiving feast and immediately all you want to do is sleep. Many people blame the turkey for their sudden comatose state, but that may not be 100% true.

[Voiceover] I love Thanksgiving.

But there's one thing that gets me.

It always makes me sleepy.

But did you just blame your post-Thanksgiving sleepiness

[Voiceover] Yeah, turkey has a bunch of tryptophan in it.

The stuff that makes you super sleepy.

I'm not so sure about that.

I mean, let's talk about this.

that makes you so tired on Thanksgiving?

[Voiceover] My money's on true.

You're right that turkey has tryptophan in it.

But so do a lot of high-protein foods.

Did you know, for example, that cheese actually has more

Tryptophan is a precursor to serotonin.

[Voiceover] That's the neurotransmitter that gives you

The chemical that's released in the brain,

if you have sex or do drugs?

[Voiceover] Yeah, it's responsible for the warm and fuzzy

feels, but also it gets converted into melatonin, which

is the chemical that makes you sleepy.

[Voiceover] Ah, so it does make you sleepy?

[Voiceover] Well, yeah it can.

But no more than other protein-rich foods, though.

The reason why it makes you extra sleepy on Thanksgiving is

because you eat that turkey with a whole bunch of carbs.

All of those carbs speed up the process of converting

that tryptophan into melatonin.

Plus, you've just eaten a crazy amount of food, right?

So your body is slowing down to try and digest it all.

Not to mention all of the wine.

[Voiceover] I mean, it's really just a perfect storm

for the melatonin factories in your brain to just kind of

go wild and flood your system with sleepiness.

[Voiceover] Ugh, I can't just blame it on the turkey?

You can't just blame it on the turkey anymore.

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Food Myths: Does Turkey Make You Sleepy?

You finish that thanksgiving feast and immediately all you want to do is sleep. Many people blame the turkey for their sudden comatose state, but that may not be 100% true.

[Voiceover] I love Thanksgiving.

But there's one thing that gets me.

It always makes me sleepy.

But did you just blame your post-Thanksgiving sleepiness

[Voiceover] Yeah, turkey has a bunch of tryptophan in it.

The stuff that makes you super sleepy.

I'm not so sure about that.

I mean, let's talk about this.

that makes you so tired on Thanksgiving?

[Voiceover] My money's on true.

You're right that turkey has tryptophan in it.

But so do a lot of high-protein foods.

Did you know, for example, that cheese actually has more

Tryptophan is a precursor to serotonin.

[Voiceover] That's the neurotransmitter that gives you

The chemical that's released in the brain,

if you have sex or do drugs?

[Voiceover] Yeah, it's responsible for the warm and fuzzy

feels, but also it gets converted into melatonin, which

is the chemical that makes you sleepy.

[Voiceover] Ah, so it does make you sleepy?

[Voiceover] Well, yeah it can.

But no more than other protein-rich foods, though.

The reason why it makes you extra sleepy on Thanksgiving is

because you eat that turkey with a whole bunch of carbs.

All of those carbs speed up the process of converting

that tryptophan into melatonin.

Plus, you've just eaten a crazy amount of food, right?

So your body is slowing down to try and digest it all.

Not to mention all of the wine.

[Voiceover] I mean, it's really just a perfect storm

for the melatonin factories in your brain to just kind of

go wild and flood your system with sleepiness.

[Voiceover] Ugh, I can't just blame it on the turkey?

You can't just blame it on the turkey anymore.

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Food Myths: Does Turkey Make You Sleepy?

You finish that thanksgiving feast and immediately all you want to do is sleep. Many people blame the turkey for their sudden comatose state, but that may not be 100% true.

[Voiceover] I love Thanksgiving.

But there's one thing that gets me.

It always makes me sleepy.

But did you just blame your post-Thanksgiving sleepiness

[Voiceover] Yeah, turkey has a bunch of tryptophan in it.

The stuff that makes you super sleepy.

I'm not so sure about that.

I mean, let's talk about this.

that makes you so tired on Thanksgiving?

[Voiceover] My money's on true.

You're right that turkey has tryptophan in it.

But so do a lot of high-protein foods.

Did you know, for example, that cheese actually has more

Tryptophan is a precursor to serotonin.

[Voiceover] That's the neurotransmitter that gives you

The chemical that's released in the brain,

if you have sex or do drugs?

[Voiceover] Yeah, it's responsible for the warm and fuzzy

feels, but also it gets converted into melatonin, which

is the chemical that makes you sleepy.

[Voiceover] Ah, so it does make you sleepy?

[Voiceover] Well, yeah it can.

But no more than other protein-rich foods, though.

The reason why it makes you extra sleepy on Thanksgiving is

because you eat that turkey with a whole bunch of carbs.

All of those carbs speed up the process of converting

that tryptophan into melatonin.

Plus, you've just eaten a crazy amount of food, right?

So your body is slowing down to try and digest it all.

Not to mention all of the wine.

[Voiceover] I mean, it's really just a perfect storm

for the melatonin factories in your brain to just kind of

go wild and flood your system with sleepiness.

[Voiceover] Ugh, I can't just blame it on the turkey?

You can't just blame it on the turkey anymore.

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Food Myths: Does Turkey Make You Sleepy?

You finish that thanksgiving feast and immediately all you want to do is sleep. Many people blame the turkey for their sudden comatose state, but that may not be 100% true.

[Voiceover] I love Thanksgiving.

But there's one thing that gets me.

It always makes me sleepy.

But did you just blame your post-Thanksgiving sleepiness

[Voiceover] Yeah, turkey has a bunch of tryptophan in it.

The stuff that makes you super sleepy.

I'm not so sure about that.

I mean, let's talk about this.

that makes you so tired on Thanksgiving?

[Voiceover] My money's on true.

You're right that turkey has tryptophan in it.

But so do a lot of high-protein foods.

Did you know, for example, that cheese actually has more

Tryptophan is a precursor to serotonin.

[Voiceover] That's the neurotransmitter that gives you

The chemical that's released in the brain,

if you have sex or do drugs?

[Voiceover] Yeah, it's responsible for the warm and fuzzy

feels, but also it gets converted into melatonin, which

is the chemical that makes you sleepy.

[Voiceover] Ah, so it does make you sleepy?

[Voiceover] Well, yeah it can.

But no more than other protein-rich foods, though.

The reason why it makes you extra sleepy on Thanksgiving is

because you eat that turkey with a whole bunch of carbs.

All of those carbs speed up the process of converting

that tryptophan into melatonin.

Plus, you've just eaten a crazy amount of food, right?

So your body is slowing down to try and digest it all.

Not to mention all of the wine.

[Voiceover] I mean, it's really just a perfect storm

for the melatonin factories in your brain to just kind of

go wild and flood your system with sleepiness.

[Voiceover] Ugh, I can't just blame it on the turkey?

You can't just blame it on the turkey anymore.

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Food Myths: Does Turkey Make You Sleepy?

You finish that thanksgiving feast and immediately all you want to do is sleep. Many people blame the turkey for their sudden comatose state, but that may not be 100% true.

[Voiceover] I love Thanksgiving.

But there's one thing that gets me.

It always makes me sleepy.

But did you just blame your post-Thanksgiving sleepiness

[Voiceover] Yeah, turkey has a bunch of tryptophan in it.

The stuff that makes you super sleepy.

I'm not so sure about that.

I mean, let's talk about this.

that makes you so tired on Thanksgiving?

[Voiceover] My money's on true.

You're right that turkey has tryptophan in it.

But so do a lot of high-protein foods.

Did you know, for example, that cheese actually has more

Tryptophan is a precursor to serotonin.

[Voiceover] That's the neurotransmitter that gives you

The chemical that's released in the brain,

if you have sex or do drugs?

[Voiceover] Yeah, it's responsible for the warm and fuzzy

feels, but also it gets converted into melatonin, which

is the chemical that makes you sleepy.

[Voiceover] Ah, so it does make you sleepy?

[Voiceover] Well, yeah it can.

But no more than other protein-rich foods, though.

The reason why it makes you extra sleepy on Thanksgiving is

because you eat that turkey with a whole bunch of carbs.

All of those carbs speed up the process of converting

that tryptophan into melatonin.

Plus, you've just eaten a crazy amount of food, right?

So your body is slowing down to try and digest it all.

Not to mention all of the wine.

[Voiceover] I mean, it's really just a perfect storm

for the melatonin factories in your brain to just kind of

go wild and flood your system with sleepiness.

[Voiceover] Ugh, I can't just blame it on the turkey?

You can't just blame it on the turkey anymore.

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Food Myths: Does Turkey Make You Sleepy?

You finish that thanksgiving feast and immediately all you want to do is sleep. Many people blame the turkey for their sudden comatose state, but that may not be 100% true.

[Voiceover] I love Thanksgiving.

But there's one thing that gets me.

It always makes me sleepy.

But did you just blame your post-Thanksgiving sleepiness

[Voiceover] Yeah, turkey has a bunch of tryptophan in it.

The stuff that makes you super sleepy.

I'm not so sure about that.

I mean, let's talk about this.

that makes you so tired on Thanksgiving?

[Voiceover] My money's on true.

You're right that turkey has tryptophan in it.

But so do a lot of high-protein foods.

Did you know, for example, that cheese actually has more

Tryptophan is a precursor to serotonin.

[Voiceover] That's the neurotransmitter that gives you

The chemical that's released in the brain,

if you have sex or do drugs?

[Voiceover] Yeah, it's responsible for the warm and fuzzy

feels, but also it gets converted into melatonin, which

is the chemical that makes you sleepy.

[Voiceover] Ah, so it does make you sleepy?

[Voiceover] Well, yeah it can.

But no more than other protein-rich foods, though.

The reason why it makes you extra sleepy on Thanksgiving is

because you eat that turkey with a whole bunch of carbs.

All of those carbs speed up the process of converting

that tryptophan into melatonin.

Plus, you've just eaten a crazy amount of food, right?

So your body is slowing down to try and digest it all.

Not to mention all of the wine.

[Voiceover] I mean, it's really just a perfect storm

for the melatonin factories in your brain to just kind of

go wild and flood your system with sleepiness.

[Voiceover] Ugh, I can't just blame it on the turkey?

You can't just blame it on the turkey anymore.

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Food Myths: Does Turkey Make You Sleepy?

You finish that thanksgiving feast and immediately all you want to do is sleep. Many people blame the turkey for their sudden comatose state, but that may not be 100% true.

[Voiceover] I love Thanksgiving.

But there's one thing that gets me.

It always makes me sleepy.

But did you just blame your post-Thanksgiving sleepiness

[Voiceover] Yeah, turkey has a bunch of tryptophan in it.

The stuff that makes you super sleepy.

I'm not so sure about that.

I mean, let's talk about this.

that makes you so tired on Thanksgiving?

[Voiceover] My money's on true.

You're right that turkey has tryptophan in it.

But so do a lot of high-protein foods.

Did you know, for example, that cheese actually has more

Tryptophan is a precursor to serotonin.

[Voiceover] That's the neurotransmitter that gives you

The chemical that's released in the brain,

if you have sex or do drugs?

[Voiceover] Yeah, it's responsible for the warm and fuzzy

feels, but also it gets converted into melatonin, which

is the chemical that makes you sleepy.

[Voiceover] Ah, so it does make you sleepy?

[Voiceover] Well, yeah it can.

But no more than other protein-rich foods, though.

The reason why it makes you extra sleepy on Thanksgiving is

because you eat that turkey with a whole bunch of carbs.

All of those carbs speed up the process of converting

that tryptophan into melatonin.

Plus, you've just eaten a crazy amount of food, right?

So your body is slowing down to try and digest it all.

Not to mention all of the wine.

[Voiceover] I mean, it's really just a perfect storm

for the melatonin factories in your brain to just kind of

go wild and flood your system with sleepiness.

[Voiceover] Ugh, I can't just blame it on the turkey?

You can't just blame it on the turkey anymore.

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Food Myths: Does Turkey Make You Sleepy?

You finish that thanksgiving feast and immediately all you want to do is sleep. Many people blame the turkey for their sudden comatose state, but that may not be 100% true.

[Voiceover] I love Thanksgiving.

But there's one thing that gets me.

It always makes me sleepy.

But did you just blame your post-Thanksgiving sleepiness

[Voiceover] Yeah, turkey has a bunch of tryptophan in it.

The stuff that makes you super sleepy.

I'm not so sure about that.

I mean, let's talk about this.

that makes you so tired on Thanksgiving?

[Voiceover] My money's on true.

You're right that turkey has tryptophan in it.

But so do a lot of high-protein foods.

Did you know, for example, that cheese actually has more

Tryptophan is a precursor to serotonin.

[Voiceover] That's the neurotransmitter that gives you

The chemical that's released in the brain,

if you have sex or do drugs?

[Voiceover] Yeah, it's responsible for the warm and fuzzy

feels, but also it gets converted into melatonin, which

is the chemical that makes you sleepy.

[Voiceover] Ah, so it does make you sleepy?

[Voiceover] Well, yeah it can.

But no more than other protein-rich foods, though.

The reason why it makes you extra sleepy on Thanksgiving is

because you eat that turkey with a whole bunch of carbs.

All of those carbs speed up the process of converting

that tryptophan into melatonin.

Plus, you've just eaten a crazy amount of food, right?

So your body is slowing down to try and digest it all.

Not to mention all of the wine.

[Voiceover] I mean, it's really just a perfect storm

for the melatonin factories in your brain to just kind of

go wild and flood your system with sleepiness.

[Voiceover] Ugh, I can't just blame it on the turkey?

You can't just blame it on the turkey anymore.

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