Turkey Naps, a myth?


Welcome to Brain Freeze and our first official post! With mans favorite holiday coming up we thought we would try to put an end to the ever revolving door that is Turkey naps.

A Turkey nap is the sudden onset of sleep after over indulging in thanksgiving dinner. For years many people attributed the presence of the amino acid tryptophan as the suspect of sleepiness, though that does not appear to be the case. Tryptophan as stated,is an amino acid that is found in many foods and a known precursor to the hormone melatonin. However, research has shown that the average portion of turkey does not contain enough tryptophan to induce sleep. Rather the combination of starchy foods and over-indulgence at holiday meals is said to cause the lazy feeling.


Other research has shown that the minor increase in tryptophan can lead to elevated serotonin production which can promote interpersonal trust in others and in turn makes for a great dinner atmosphere.

So if you are looking to stay awake for dessert minimize your carbohydrate intake and drink lots of water, oh and a little extra turkey wont hurt!

Happy Thanksgiving.