Turkey, tryptophan, and sleep – the myth that keeps on giving

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The old turkey, tryptophan, and sleep myth appears every year on the fourth Thursday in November, the United States celebrates a holiday called Thanksgiving. You’ll hear about it over and over and over.

Basically, after eating mountains of food, including turkey, one of the guests at the table (which shouldn’t happen this year) will pontificate about how eating turkey, which they claim is high in tryptophan, makes everyone want to sleep after the meal. 

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