Tryptophan Isn't Making You Sleepy On Thanksgiving
Tryptophan, a chemical found naturally in turkey meat, gets blamed for sleepiness after Thanksgiving meals. But science points to other culprits.By Rosie Newberry | November 27, 2014
Ah, the Thanksgiving post-meal nap. Is there anything more glorious?
Of course, we can all blame that pesky chemical tryptophan in the turkey for our comatose states ... right?
It turns out tryptophan might be a bit of a holiday scapegoat left over from the 1980s, when tryptophan was sold as a popular sleep aid, according to LiveScience.