There is a definite correlation between your drowsiness and the food you eat if you are sleeping well and aren’t on medication that causes drowsiness. So, what are these foods that cause drowsiness? In this article I will show you some of the top offenders.
Foods that make us drowsy do so in a few ways. One way is by causing an increase in blood sugar. When this happens, your pancreas has to produce insulin to balance and reduce the blood sugar spike. Sometimes too much insulin is produced and the sugar levels in the blood spike in the opposite direction creating drowsiness.
This affects us all but affects diabetics to a greater extent because of their reduced or complete inability to produce insulin. The foods listed below have this effect due to their high ranking on the Glycemic Index which goes from 1-100. The higher the rank the more sleepy the food item can make you.
Tofu frozen dessert – 115
French bread – 95
Red baked potato – 93
Instant Rice – 91
Cornflakes – 84
Rice cakes – 82
Pretzels – 81
Jelly beans – 80
Grape-Nuts Flakes – 80
Vanilla wafers – 77
Another way food can make you drowsy is if they contain an amino acid called tryptophan. High carbohydrate, low protein foods contain large amounts of tryptophan which produces serotonin and melatonin. Both of these help the brain relax and cause drowsiness.
If you need to stay awake you want to avoid these top causes of drowsiness. However, if you are having difficulty sleeping, you may want to eat these sleeper foods.
chocolate, pastries and desserts
nuts and seeds
Lastly, Tyrosine is another amino acid that is found in protein rich foods and helps the brain perk up. These are foods you may want to consume when you need to be sharp. Some categories of High protein, low carbohydrate foods that contain high amounts of tyrosine that will help the brain wake up are: