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always falling asleep after eating pasta???


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I don't understand what's going on here and I'm tempted to get allergy tested to see if I'm wheat intolerant or something.  I have a problem with pasta.  Within 10 minutes of eating it I feel like I've been stung by a Tsetse fly or something and literally am knocked out for at least an hour.  I had some pasta at 5:30pm and just woke up at 7pm!  I slept for 90 mins.  It's just bizarre.

I generally eat clean... very little sugar, little processed food, I always cook from scratch.  I don't get this reaction with any other kind of carb, and generally have very sustained energy levels.

If it matters, it wasn't white pasta I ate it was brown wholemeal pasta which is meant to be low GI.

Does anyone else get this?

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Don't worry your not allergic. Eating foods in general makes us sleepy because when the process of digestion starts blood that is circulating in our body gets focused/ re-directed to the stomach or gastrointestinal system. When this happens the amount of circulating blood to the brain decreases thus making us sleepy. Another thing is it is a scientific fact that carbs makes us more likely to doze off because the consumption of carbs "relaxes" the brain which in turn makes us sleepy. Protein on the other hand makes the mind sharper. That's why during exams or things that need extreme focus it is recommended that you eat protein rather than carbs. Saw an experiment on this forgot if it was in Discovery Channel or National Geographic. They tested this on chess players and proved it to be factual.

what else did you put in the pasta? did you not sleep well last night? were you more active today? 

Original Post by aucun_nom:

Don't worry your not allergic. Eating foods in general makes us sleepy because when the process of digestion starts blood that is circulating in our body gets focused/ re-directed to the stomach or gastrointestinal system. When this happens the amount of circulating blood to the brain decreases thus making us sleepy. Another thing is it is a scientific fact that carbs makes us more likely to doze off because the consumption of carbs "relaxes" the brain which in turn makes us sleepy.

Hummm ... have an studies showing this? Everything I've seen points to hormones as the regulators not the blood moving to the digestive system.

Carbs 'relax' the brain? How? What is a 'relaxed' brain? What I've read suggests that carbs create a dopamine release like sugar or chocolate (because carbs are converted to sugar by the body)

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Original Post by aucun_nom:

Don't worry your not allergic. Eating foods in general makes us sleepy because when the process of digestion starts blood that is circulating in our body gets focused/ re-directed to the stomach or gastrointestinal system. When this happens the amount of circulating blood to the brain decreases thus making us sleepy. Another thing is it is a scientific fact that carbs makes us more likely to doze off because the consumption of carbs "relaxes" the brain which in turn makes us sleepy.

Hummm ... have an studies showing this? Everything I've seen points to hormones as the regulators not the blood moving to the digestive system.

Carbs 'relax' the brain? How? What is a 'relaxed' brain? What I've read suggests that carbs create a dopamine release like sugar or chocolate (because carbs are converted to sugar by the body)

The first part is factual it is what we were taught in our BSN course. Sorry if I can't point out the exact source its been a few years since I graduated, forgot which book and all. But if you search the net there are articles that also confirm this.

Second part- sorry if I used laymen's term in explaining. Bit of a habit as we are instructed in BSN that we should not use scientific terms in explaining stuff to "patients" so they can understand more easily. Here's something more scientific if it pleases you:

Eating carbohydrates with tryptophan-containing foods makes this calming amino acid more available to the brain. A high carbohydrate meal stimulates the release of insulin, which helps clear from the bloodstream those amino acids that compete with tryptophan, allowing more of this natural sleep-inducing amino acid to enter the brain and manufacture sleep- inducing substances, such as serotonin and melatonin. Eating a high-protein meal without accompanying carbohydrates may keep you awake, since protein-rich foods also contain the amino acid, tyrosine, which perks up the brain.

Hope that answers your questions.

But if your still in doubt go to your physician to be checked.

Not only do carbs relax the brain but if you put a fat on your pasta, like oil or butter, this too will make you sleepy.  More so than carbs do, I believe.  As in, carbs relax you and fats put you to sleep.

From the all knowing, all seeing internet - look what's at the top of the list...lol :

BEST DINNERS FOR SLEEP

Meals that are high in carbohydrates and low-to-medium in protein will help you relax in the evening and set you up for a good night's sleep. Try the following "dinners for sleep":

pasta with parmesan cheese scrambled eggs and cheese tofu stirfry hummus with whole wheat pita bread seafood, pasta, and cottage cheese meats and poultry with veggies tuna salad sandwich chili with beans, not spicy sesame seeds (rich in tryptophan) sprinkled on salad with tuna chunks, and whole wheat crackers

Excellent, thank you for all the informative replies.

It all makes sense, but then why is pasta marketed in most cardio communities (runners etc) as energy food?  All I want after pasta is a good sofa and not a good old interval session.  Laughing

I also get this, Started about 6 months ago. I eat some pasta and
within an hour I will go lay down and tell myself ok, I will watch TV but end up
passing out for 1-2 hours. I try to avoid pasta but sometimes love to have some
good lasagna or stuffed pasta. Was starting to think something was wrong with me
or the pasta : ) I will be relocating to Hungary soon and last year when I was
there pasta didn't bother me, All the junk they put in foods here its hard to
avoid. I know the last 6 months or so I been stressing bad, and when I stress it
plays with my blood sugar so maybe that is what's causing this. One thing that
does boost my energy when I feel sluggish is the stems of dandelion, I will pick
3-5 of them and eat them on my hike.

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I have the same problem, and people don't seem to understand it, including those who commented on your question. I have noticed that it happens only when I eat pasta with cheese or any dairy product, or even if I have a dairy product shortly after I eat pasta, things like yogurt or ice cream or coffee with milk.

If I eat pasta WITHOUT any dairy product during my pasta meal or soon after, I am not the least bit tired, not even a yawn. A friend of mine suggested that it is a form of ciliac disease, being unable to tolerate gluten, and somehow, the combination of pasta and dairy triggers it. So all the talk about pasta and carbohydrates, etc., does not really answer our question of why this happens when we eat pasta with cheese. If it were about pasta and carbs, I should feel just as tired whenever I eat pasta with or without dairy.  

I know I have not answered your question, but I want you to know that you are not alone.

 

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