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(Huffington Post)   Mainstream Media finally waking up to the fact that tryptophan in turkey has nothing to do with making you sleepy. Watching the Lions play football is the real reason, obviously   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 37
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2013-11-27 09:17:11 AM  
I'd always linked it to the presence of extended family.
 
2013-11-27 09:17:35 AM  
Tryptophan makes me fluorescent though.
 
2013-11-27 09:19:34 AM  

markfara: I'd always linked it to the presence of extended family.


I thought extended family makes people reach for prescription pain killers and alcohol.  Or that's what the movies tell me.
 
2013-11-27 09:19:50 AM  
If only some fellow on Fark had written a book on such stories... maybe I should check the fark store to see who wrote it and if there are copies I can order for my friends and family.
 
2013-11-27 09:21:06 AM  

manhole: Tryptophan makes me fluorescent though.


No, that's just the polonium in your tea.
 
2013-11-27 09:21:36 AM  
Huffington Post is MSM now?
 
2013-11-27 09:23:38 AM  
Nice headline, but subby did not check the night game.
 
2013-11-27 09:26:27 AM  
They never mention the carb overload from the mashed potatoes, stuffing, and various forms of bread?
 
2013-11-27 09:27:54 AM  
Yeah, gotta be the copious amounts of drugs and alcohol ingested to cope with multiple excessive meals and extended families that really does it.

//works for me
 
2013-11-27 09:29:15 AM  
Stealing the better part of a continent from its indigenous people always wipes me out
 
2013-11-27 09:33:13 AM  
I always linked it to the fact that you ate yourself into a food coma and your body had to shut down for a few hours to deal with the aftermath.
 
2013-11-27 09:33:33 AM  

Or the Cowboys, subby.

Snoozefest.



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2013-11-27 09:34:12 AM  
I don't get sleepy until the Dallas game and then I sleep through the evening game.
 
2013-11-27 09:34:23 AM  

BBtB: Huffington Post is MSM now?


Of course.  They're Libbylib Lib-U-Lardos, so they must be.
 
2013-11-27 09:34:53 AM  
I love hearing this urban legend and its debunking every year.
 
2013-11-27 09:35:28 AM  

UNC_Samurai: They never mention the carb overload from the mashed potatoes, stuffing, and various forms of bread?



FTA:Then why do you feel so sluggish after eating Thanksgiving food? That's likely thanks to all the carbohydrates you're consuming in the form of desserts and sides. And, let's not forget that alcohol doesn't help either.
 
2013-11-27 09:36:21 AM  
How can you fall asleep watching a Lions game with all that suspense over how they'll blow the game.
 
2013-11-27 09:36:42 AM  
I am going with alcohol for $200.. and by that I mean $200 worth of alcohol.
 
2013-11-27 09:37:07 AM  

Marquis de Sod: Stealing the better part of a continent from its indigenous people always wipes me out


Save that crap for Columbus day and pass the peas.
 
2013-11-27 09:37:28 AM  
i1247.photobucket.com

Lets get this shiat STARTED!!!
 
2013-11-27 09:40:26 AM  
They just want their Tryptophan so they can fight their stupid wars.

/obscure?
 
2013-11-27 09:45:19 AM  

Random Anonymous Blackmail: I am going with alcohol for $200.. and by that I mean $200 worth of alcohol.


Of course. It's the tryptophan that makes you sleepy, not the 1400 calories you just stuffed in your face while washing it down with two litres of red wine.
 
2013-11-27 09:45:32 AM  

Carousel Beast: They just want their Tryptophan so they can fight their stupid wars.

/obscure?


Not at all.

i738.photobucket.com
 
2013-11-27 09:54:49 AM  
The truth is a lot less fun than making tryptophan jokes, though.
 
2013-11-27 09:55:55 AM  
A lot of it is probably does to societal suggestion that you're supposed to get sleepy after thanksgiving meal. If only we could somehow push that tryptophan actually gives women the irresistible desire to give blowjobs then that would be something to be thankful for.
 
2013-11-27 09:58:02 AM  

BBtB: Huffington Post is MSM now?


MethylSulfonylMethane? That is a weird comparison.
 
2013-11-27 10:14:48 AM  
Stealing the better part of a continent from its indigenous people always wipes me out


It's called Manifest Destiny
 
2013-11-27 10:27:35 AM  

kxs401: I love hearing this urban legend and its debunking every year.


I've given up on telling people the truth... I am terribly susceptible to knowitallism as it is, so I make a conscious decision to just keep my mouth shut about this.

Now yams vs. sweet potatoes? I'm ready to throw down over that.
 
2013-11-27 10:27:53 AM  
A simple google search can net you: "Turkey does have the makings of a natural sedative..." anyway it's the third result down if you put in "tryptophan."

It helps the body make niacin, which then helps the body make serotonin.  So by itself, tryptophan does not make you sleepy, but it will lead directly to it.

The dumb article makes it sound like no one ever turns off a light switch-the lack of a completed circuit does.

/dumb article is dumb
 
2013-11-27 11:49:20 AM  
I was always tired because I slaved away in the kitchen for many hours. I'm a man, it's doubly draining to be in the kitchen.
 
2013-11-27 11:55:38 AM  

walktoanarcade: It helps the body make niacin, which then helps the body make serotonin.  So by itself, tryptophan does not make you sleepy, but it will lead directly to it.


Of course, we all know that chicken has more tryptophan than turkey, which is why everyone is always talking about getting sleepy after going to KFC.
 
2013-11-27 12:01:57 PM  
Actually, I hear people talk about how sleepy they are after eating KFC and other fast foods all the time, so yes, they should start talking about. :)
 
2013-11-27 01:21:37 PM  

walktoanarcade: A simple google search can net you: "Turkey does have the makings of a natural sedative..." anyway it's the third result down if you put in "tryptophan."

It helps the body make niacin, which then helps the body make serotonin.  So by itself, tryptophan does not make you sleepy, but it will lead directly to it.

The dumb article makes it sound like no one ever turns off a light switch-the lack of a completed circuit does.

/dumb article is dumb


There's not enough tryptophan in turkey to make you sleepy, even if you ate a 20 lb bird by yourself. The reason you get sleepy is that you overeat. Your digestive system kicks into overdrive, which takes energy and makes you sleepy. More blood is being pumped through your digestive system as well, which means less blood to your brain, which makes you sleepy.

Other secondary things are at work too. In most places it's cold outside, which means you have the heat on inside. Cold weather and a warm house combined with excess heat coming from the kitchen makes you sleepy. People tend to sit around on their ass all day. Lack of exercise combined with overeating, combined with cold weather, combined with a warm house makes you sleepy.

There are a lot of things at work making you sleepy on thanksgiving but tryptophan isn't one of them.

/Dumb old wives tale is dumb.
 
2013-11-27 01:33:10 PM  
You're right, it's the serotonin.   In any case, turkey does in fact aid in sleepiness at least as a first step towards that end.  And as for overeating...again yeah, I'll agree with that too.

I'm not a doctor, but yeah more blood flow to the guts, less to the brains. With that all in mind, I think that more or less proves eating turkey can indeed make you sleepy, but not all by itself.

Tryptohan, niacin, and then serotonin.
 
2013-11-27 01:44:05 PM  
I'll have to look at the FArQ so I can copy and paste, but WebMD pretty much says what I'm saying.

(the last thing I left out was melatonin)  So on the one hand the doctors are saying eating turkey has nothing to do with making you sleepy, but then admit that it is part and parcel of becoming sleepy.

Too many people are trying to myth-bust without leaving the stuff that happens to be true alone. Most myths are as real as honest politicians, but some have a kernel of truth to them.

TL;DR? No, turkey won't make you sleepy, it'll just work with your already stored proteins to turn into other neurorecptors that do make you sleepy.
 
2013-11-27 03:46:27 PM  
FTFA:
In reality, tryptophan helps create seratonin, a brain chemical that can create a feeling of well-being and that the body can subsequently convert into melatonin, a brain chemical that regulates sleep cycles.

Journalists are the stupidest people in the world, except for teachers and people from Ohio. Durrr, I can haz spelchek?
 
2013-11-27 05:39:07 PM  

walktoanarcade: You're right, it's the serotonin.   In any case, turkey does in fact aid in sleepiness at least as a first step towards that end.  And as for overeating...again yeah, I'll agree with that too.

I'm not a doctor, but yeah more blood flow to the guts, less to the brains. With that all in mind, I think that more or less proves eating turkey can indeed make you sleepy, but not all by itself.

Tryptohan, niacin, and then serotonin.


Tryptophan becomes MANY things, the niacin->serotonin->melatonin pathway is only one of many. If it worked the way you think, a vitamin B pill would put you to sleep instead of waking you up. Only about 1% of the tryptophan ends up becoming serotonin, it takes hours, and that's only if your body decides not to use it all for other purposes.

You have to have carcinoid syndrome to get a sudden overdose in serotonin due to tryptophan intake, and in that case, you've got tumors and diarrhea too.

On a full stomach, proteins are also mostly digested for energy instead of nutrients; for a similar reason, it's best to drink protein shakes for bodybuilding at least two hours after your last meal and an hour before the next.

The GI tract is a surprisingly complex thing.

So no, it's not the tryptophan in the turkey at all, stop promoting your ignorance. Simply getting off your ass to play catch or tag outside will suddenly make you not feel sleepy anymore, which wouldn't work if melatonin was flooding your brain.
 
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