FOOD COMA DIAGNOSIS: THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE ITIS
Without fail, every time you eat a big meal especially around the holidays a sleep ing spell ensues. Your eyelids get heavy and you cant fight the glorious nap that's about to take place. I won't try my hand at being a inopportune intellectual and make things depper than they are... but I will say that the slang term 'niggeritis' or 'the itis' for short has associated black people with falling asleep after eating. The truth is it happens to everyone. A food coma (postprandial somnolence) has two parts. Who knew it was that complicated?
Anyway, The first is a period of low energy due to a mass in your gastrointestinal tract. Basically, you ate so damn much that your body is using most of your energy to break down and pass all of that food and can't do much else in the mean time. It just can't.
The second is a state of sleepiness dependent on hormone levels that effect the rate in which glucose enters the bloodstream. Meanwhile your brain is chugging like the little engine that could (I think I can! I think I can!) trying to make sense of what you just did to yourself.
The point is, no one thing on your plate is necessarily the cause of the itis, namely turkey as it is popularly believed. Enjoy Thanksgiving and stuff your face, just make sure that you're surroundings are safe and secure because once your food coma sets in, you wouldn't be able to react if your life depended on it.