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no matter what I eat, I get really sleepy afterwards.

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I'm a 45 year old male, a heavy smoker for years, but lately it seems that no matter what I eat, I get really sleepy afterwards. At first I thought it was just because it was a big and heavy meal, but lately I have noticed even if I eat a few crackers,a slice or two of bread, anything, within minutes I can't hardly keep my eyes open,and have to lay on the couch for an hour or more. What could be the cause of this?

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replied October 7th, 2012
Nutrition Answer A39325

Welcome to ehealthforum and thanks for writing

Increased sleep can be due to various causes as sleep apnoea(disturbed sleep pattern due to breathing issues), sleep disorders as snoring, medications(taking if any), depression, anxiety, deranged thyroid levels, increased tobacco or alcohol intake etc.
It requires a proper physical examination to comment regarding the exact cause.
Some suggestions for you:
1)Exercise daily as it improves sleeping pattern.

2)Have healthy balanced diet.

3)Go to bed at the same time daily.

4)Maintain temperature in the room and avoid extreme variations.

5)Restrict smoking.

6)Avoid stress and go to bed relaxed.

If the symptoms persist consider visiting a Physician for evaluation.

Take care!

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