After eating a delicious lunch, many of us tend to fall into a slight afternoon stupor. That’s why people in Spain often take siestas. To beat a case of the afternoon slump, it’s important to pay attention to what you’re eating, as well as making sure that you’re giving yourself adequate care overall. You can help sustain your afternoon energy by eating healthy foods, getting adequate sleep, and moving around after lunch. Keep reading to learn more about how to avoid feeling drowsy after lunch.
- To determine if individual nutrients could modulate post-meal sleep, the team gave the flies food consisting of protein, salt or sugar.
- Building on this work, the authors of the current study demonstrate that the Lk system plays a role in post-meal sleep.
- They also found that other brain circuits are sensitive to the fruit fly’s internal clock, reducing post-meal sleepiness only around dusk.
“They created a system that can measure both the sleep and feeding behaviors of individual fruit flies and discovered that, in much the same way as humans, the animals sleep for longer periods following larger meals.”