Bad Naps · 1 May 2013

As I think about napping, I realize I can avoid having bad naps. Bad naps almost always come when I have had too much sugar and/or processed foods in the food I have eaten that day.

It is human nature to place blame squarely on the shoulders of those things that do not have anything to do with our own behaviors. We do not like to think that what we do has consequences. That is why we want to blame tryptophan on our Thanksgiving sleepiness.

(I know that Thanksgiving is either long past or a long ways away, but it seems to be a day when naps are acceptable. And there was a time when people were blaming tryptophan, an amino acid found in turkey and other meat, for that sleepiness. It was short lived, but that blaming nature was excited to have a scapegoat for Thanksgiving naps. Even if it turned out to be a turkey.)

In reality, there are several factors that could contribute to Thanksgiving drowsiness or for that matter, any sleepiness caused by a meal. The main factor that I have seen, especially when it comes to bad naps, is the amount of sugar and processed foods that I have eaten. The more my blood sugar levels change, the sleepier I become and the worse naps I have. When I have consistent blood sugar levels, I do not need as many naps and if I take one, I feel refreshed afterward rather than groggy.

I hate to admit it, but I have direct control over whether I have a good or bad nap. I just need to do is watch what I eat. As long as I do not have too much processed food, especially sugar, I can have a good nap. So if I need one at all, I can avoid having those bad naps.

© 2013 Michael T. Miyoshi

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