What Causes Drowsiness After Eating?
Drowsiness after eating can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'troubling' to 'generally fatal'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose drowsiness after eating, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "drowsiness after eating" as a symptom. Here are eight of many possibilities (more below
- Candida / Yeast
- Diabetes II
- Food Allergies
- Lack Of Sleep
- Sleep Apnea
- Poor Small Intestine Health
- Stomach Acid Deficiency
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
severe lactose intolerance
confirmed delayed gastric emptying
difficulty getting out of bed
bags under eyes
severe calorie restriction
2hr postprandial glucose 160-200mg%
fatigue slightly reduced by eating
wearing clean dentures all day
... and more than 140 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of drowsiness after eating:
|Candida / Yeast
|Poor Small Intestine Health
|Stomach Acid Deficiency
|Lack Of Sleep
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
In the Sleep Symptoms
section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™
will ask the following question about drowsiness after meals:
How often do you become very tired within 1-3 hours of eating a meal?
→ Never / rarely / don't know
→ Once a month or less
→ Once a week or less
→ A few times per week
→ At least daily
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate occasional postprandial somnolence, regular postprandial somnolence or frequent postprandial somnolence, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
Lack of Sleep
You are more likely to feel sleepy after a meal if you didn't get enough sleep the night before.