by KARIS TAYLOR
With last Sunday being the Super Bowl, and Mardi Gras and St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, there is a lot of eating that is being done. Food comas are common after overeating, but is a food coma real?
Food comas are real. The real name, though not as funny, is Postprandial Somnolence. They are a result of when the stomach becomes too stretched out and the nutrients from food trigger the body to use all energy for digestion and not for muscle movement. Usually this happens when a meal that is larger than normal is consumed or more protein than normal is eaten, causing the ‘food coma’ and sleepiness.
Food comas will happen to everyone at some point. They are not the best thing to go through, but are also not the worst either. Unless big, protein-rich meals are eaten everyday, food comas don’t happen that often. Two ways to avoid them are by eating smaller meals throughout the day instead of one or two big ones, and eating softer foods, such as eating soup instead of a burger.
Sure, food comas are annoying and hard to deal with when happening, but they aren’t inevitable everyday occurrences. Besides, an extra nap after eating isn’t always a bad thing.