We’ve all experienced that post-holiday meal food crash. After eating a plate full of goodies, you push away from a table, ease over to the couch, and can’t resist closing your eyes for only a minute — and then an hour slips by. Just what is it about scrumptious holiday foods that prompt sleepiness?
Commonly known as an after-dinner dip, a food coma, or the post-meal slump, there’s actually a proper medical term for why we feel sleepy after eating: Postprandial somnolence. According to Merriam-Webster, prandial means “of relating to a meal.” and somnolence is defined as “the state of