There is an old Vietnamese proverb: “Căng da bụng, chùng da mắt”. Translation: Expand the waist, drop the eyelids. This old proverb is a expression for the feeling of tiredness, sleepiness, and sometimes laziness after a heavy meal. This is sometimes referred to as “the crash” or a “food coma”. However, going to bed after eating well is a bad habit that not only affects your health but also your physique. Let’s find out some tips to avoid drowsiness and fatigue after eating.
Causes leading to drowsiness and fatigue after eating
Many scientists believe that the activities of the stomach after eating heavily drops blood supply levels to the brain which may be the main cause of sleepiness. High blood sugar levels after a large meal also causes fatigue and drowsiness.
Grains, or foods high in fat, takes longer to break down in the stomache and slows your metabolism, causing fatigue. In addition, eating fast foods, pastries … can easily make us feel sleepy and tired! Another factor that few people practice is eating on time. Most people have proper meals and are unbalanced in their eating schedules, leading to fatigue and drowsiness.
Tips to avoid drowsiness and fatigue after eating
- Eat Breakfast regularly.
It is extremely important that we eat breakfast with all the essential nutrients. Breakfast not only provides a source of energy for the busy new day, but also helps to limit the search for unhealthy foods at lunch.
- Build a healthy diet.
Restricting fast foods and high fat foods and sugar combined with eating plenty of green vegetables and drinking plenty of fluids is great. They are not only good for your health but also helps you feel good.
In addition, having a meal schedule, excercising portion control and restricting the use of alcohol or coffee after meals may also helps to reduce fatigue after eating very effectively.
So cheers to your new health goals and much success!