Drowsiness After Meals

What Causes Drowsiness After Eating?

Drowsiness after eating can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' to 'needs attention'.  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 four possibilities:
  • Candida / Yeast
  • Poor Small Intestine Health
  • Food Allergies
  • 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:
offensive-smelling stool
refined sugar consumption
high cigarette smoke sensitivity
current birth control pill use
refined white flour consumption
ovarian cysts
frequent runny nose
spacey/unreal feelings
past pain/burning behind breastbone
bags under eyes
history of adolescent acne
broad-spectrum antibiotic use
... and more than 70 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:
Cause Probability Status
Stomach Acid Deficiency 91% Confirm
Poor Small Intestine Health 23% Unlikely
Candida / Yeast 5% Ruled out
Food Allergies 1% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ 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:
Do you generally become sleepy after eating?
Possible responses:
→ Rarely / don't know
→ No
→ Occasionally
→ Often
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either absence of drowsiness after eating or drowsiness after eating, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as: