15 “Facts” About Sleep That Are Completely Wrong

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Myth #13: Turkey makes you sleepy

FACT: This myth has been de-bunked numerous times, but it still manages to surface each year around Thanksgiving. The idea behind it is that, like milk, turkey contains tryptophan, a compound our bodies convert into the sleep-influencing brain chemical serotonin.

But turkey actually contains less tryptophan than cheddar. So why don’t you pass out after a grilled cheese? In other words, turkey probably isn’t the culprit. According to experts, what’s really making you sleepy is simply all the extra food you eat!

So next Thanksgiving, try to watch your intake of all those heavy foods. It might help you sleep easier.

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