During big holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, and even get-togethers like family reunions or barbeques, one of the things we most look forward to is stuffing our faces and grabbing a nap shortly after dessert. At the very least, many of us enjoy that zombie-like state where we’re dead on our feet, stuffed to the brim and ready to lie down.
Having that happen on a daily basis, however, is not something we enjoy at all. Many people are feeling extremely tired right after eating, and having this happen repeatedly can be rather worrisome if not simply annoying.
Food is supposed to be providing the body with ample energy, so why in the world does eating a meal make you feel like you need a nap?
The answer isn’t that hard to figure out. There are a few problems that can make your body feel tired after eating.
At the very least, this is something that makes you feel groggy and useless – something that, unless you’re unequivocally lazy, you want to stop. On the problematic side of the spectrum, sleeping right after you eat can help attribute to some serious weight gain, plus it can cause some major sleep pattern disturbances that will wreak havoc on your body both physically and emotionally.
This isn’t necessarily a scare-tactic piece, but truth is important about these issues. Feeling habitually tired after meals can lead to many issues. But knowing the causes will present the cure.
Why you’re Feeling Tired
What you’re eating
Well, you knew this was going to be on the list. If you’re a fast-food junkie, a junk-food aficionado or simply eat too many processed foods, too many carbs or too much fat, your body is going to have a difficult time deriving energy from these foods.
When the body does break these foods down and the nutrients flow through your bloodstream, your body’s cells are not being properly energized. Although you may experience an initial boost of energy from foods like these, you will also inevitably notice a crash and start to feel tired.
Eating healthy, of course, can remedy this. The body wants something nutritious, so it’s your job to give it.
When you’re eating
This is more of accumulative effect on the body. Due to our busy lifestyles, many people are skipping breakfast or eating an inadequate breakfast. What this does is cause the body to become weak. Hormones are shooting out a mile a minute, begging you to eat. And when you’re hungry, you’re desperate. You might not realize it, but subconsciously you’re throwing caution to the wind and choosing to eat any old nasty thing that will fill you up.
Not only are you eating foods that aren’t necessarily the best for you, but you’re also eating too much of them to compensate and you’re eating them at bad times.
The body operates best when you enjoy four to six smaller meals per day. Eating one or two larger meals, even if you’re doing so on a diet plan with a low calorie count, can leave you feeling tired afterwards.
How much you’re eating
As touched on previously, your body handles itself differently when you’re stuffed to capacity. It goes into a sort of hibernation mode, so to speak, where the nutrients that would usually provide energy are outmatched by the other junk in your system being digested. Overeaters are the most likely to be eating unhealthy foods.
Oddly enough—sarcasm; it’s not really odd at all—people who eat healthy food, like fruits and veggies and whole grains, always feel full more quickly and eat less, whereas individuals eating an unhealthy diet tend to always eat more.
It’s not at all uncommon for people to be allergic to some foods without even knowing it. Not every food allergy is going to cause your face to swell up or cause respiratory problems. Some food allergies, like an intolerance of gluten (celiac disease), will cause you to feel tired, create muscle weakness and abdominal pain, and you may never realize it’s an allergy. Consulting a doctor here is the only way to be sure.