What food items cause drowsiness or induce excessive sleep? —

  • | Tuesday | 3rd March, 2020

Shreya K ByExpress News ServiceStudies have shown that large meals are linked to increased feeling of sleepiness as the body slows down and focuses on digestion. This effect was increased even more with high carbohydrates and fatty foods that make an individual feel heavy and sleepy. To make it even worse high carbohydrate diet (simple carbohydrates) make tryptophan, an amino acid, more available to the brain, which is involved in the formation of serotonin, a neuro - transmitter associated with sleep and melatonin levels, a hormone that controls sleep-wake cycles. Therefore having a light meal before the exam, enough to give energy through the exam is best preferred. — Dhivya, senior dietician, Fortis Hospital, Bannerghatta Road

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