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It could be those five servings of stuffing. Just saying.
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HuffingtonPostIt feels like there is a simultaneous conversation happening at Thanksgiving tables across the country. You eat a big meal—which includes a generous helping of turkey—and all of a sudden you’re feeling like you really want to lie down and take a nap. “It’s the tryptophan,” says Aunt Doris or Grandma Peggy or that cousin who always makes a big point of announcing that she’s watching her weight this year.

Everyone nods in agreement, as if the tryptophan is a perfectly reasonable excuse. Unfortunately, the reality is that you just ate way too much.

Keep reading to find out the truth about what’s making you sleepy after a big meal…

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