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Do carbs make people sleepy?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 06, 2012 at 1:45 AM

In general, do carbs make people sleepy? My wife and I started eating totally paleo about a week ago, and we feel like we've already seen a change in our mood.

However, earlier today we baked some sweet potatoes (lightly breaded in corn starch - mistake) because we love them, and they have more nutrients than your typical starchy food. A couple hours after eating them, my wife's stomach kept making noises(like a loud gurgle every couple minutes for a half hour), and she's feeling out of it and tired.

I'm curious, is this a typical reaction to carbs or starchy foods? We're definitely not planning on eating too many of them, but it was alarming to see her change in mood.

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on August 08, 2013
at 04:34 AM

They cause insulin spiking. Basically, the sugar makes your insulin shoot up (energy) then it decreases which makes you tired.

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on May 01, 2012
at 02:25 PM

Yes, by improving your thyroid function they will make you sleepy at night and awake in the morning.

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on February 07, 2012
at 04:40 PM

Hehehe - totally NOT paleo. Major cheat night.

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on February 06, 2012
at 05:02 PM

Nob off at your desk? I hope it's a private office.

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on February 06, 2012
at 04:42 PM

Yep. Simple as that.

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on February 06, 2012
at 04:18 PM

Wait, how is mac & cheese paleo? Hope it was a one off, and hope the Mac was made from coconut flour. :)

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on February 06, 2012
at 04:18 PM

Wit, how is mac & cheese paleo? Hope it was a one off, and hope the Mac was made from coconut flour. :)

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on February 06, 2012
at 03:12 PM

The OP said his wife was "feeling out of it and tired." That's hardly comatose. And if you have an allergy/sensitivity to a food, it can absolutely make you feel tired and out of it, even at tiny doses.

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on February 06, 2012
at 12:24 PM

I'd be surprised if a little corn starch would make somebody that sleepy, unless it was laced with Ambien. ;)

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on February 06, 2012
at 08:23 AM

Wow, Ekra. This is the exact same experience as I had. Last year I ate a bowl of small, baked sweet potatoes with tomato juice, broke out in extreme hives and felt really weird.

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F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

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on February 06, 2012
at 03:33 AM

Can carbs make you sleepy - absolutely yes.

However, your wife's issues may be a reaction to the cornstarch. Corn products cause problems in a lot of people. Moreso than sweet potatoes.

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on February 06, 2012
at 12:24 PM

I'd be surprised if a little corn starch would make somebody that sleepy, unless it was laced with Ambien. ;)

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on February 06, 2012
at 03:12 PM

The OP said his wife was "feeling out of it and tired." That's hardly comatose. And if you have an allergy/sensitivity to a food, it can absolutely make you feel tired and out of it, even at tiny doses.

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on February 06, 2012
at 05:10 AM

Getting sleepy is a typical consequence of your insulin spiking. I usually get sleepy after a carb-laden meal, not so much if it comes with adequate fiber, protein and fats...

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on February 06, 2012
at 02:41 AM

I have always had a problem with carbs - resulting in my being sleepy (almost to the point of a stupor) and then quite irritable too. I have never experienced stomach grumbling from eating sweet potatoes, but one of the worst reactions I ever had was from a lunch of one baked sweet potato and a glass of tomato juice. It was as if I was on drugs- totally incoherent, I could have slept for a full 24 hours.

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on February 06, 2012
at 08:23 AM

Wow, Ekra. This is the exact same experience as I had. Last year I ate a bowl of small, baked sweet potatoes with tomato juice, broke out in extreme hives and felt really weird.

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on February 06, 2012
at 04:05 PM

Yep. A baked potato isn't just a bag of sugar, its a sleeping pill.

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on February 06, 2012
at 04:39 PM

I stopped eating pasta and potatoes several years ago because of this problem...when I eat thing X, I fall asleep. Sweet potatoes weren't as much of a culprit for me as white potatoes and things made out of wheat. Honestly? This is the only reason I can get my head around paleo. I know certain foods make me feel like crap. Paleo eliminates most of them. Ergo, eating this way is probably a good plan for me.

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on February 06, 2012
at 04:42 PM

Yep. Simple as that.

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on February 06, 2012
at 12:22 PM

Ok, I'm going to be the one who tells you that you're probably not dying from your sweet potato. Is this the first time it has happened? Could it be that a mild insulin spike combined with some other confounding factor (long day at work, being particularly relaxed in the evening, etc...) caused this rather than just the sweet potato?

Speaking from experience, last week I ate the same exact carb-y meal 3 nights in a row, and only in the 2nd evening did I promptly pass out. It so happened that I had a longer day at work that day and I was just a little extra relaxed when I got home.

I say try it again, if you still have the same response, that speaks to the meal as being causative and not something else. But just to be sure, do it 3 times.

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on February 06, 2012
at 05:53 AM

I have the same reaction as your wife when I eat starch--the sweet potatoes sedate me while causing internal turbulence with or without the cornstarch you added. I can handle about a 2-3" piece of sweet potato or rutabaga, but if I eat more than that I won't feel good for 24-36 hours.

I envy those who talk about chowing down on the sweets because I really like the flavor. But I bet if she sticks to small portions your wife will find she can still eat them, just not as much.

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on February 06, 2012
at 02:52 AM

I had a bowl of mac n cheese about a week after going Paleo, and I was asleep on the couch within 30 minutes. I never sleep on the couch!

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on February 06, 2012
at 04:18 PM

Wit, how is mac & cheese paleo? Hope it was a one off, and hope the Mac was made from coconut flour. :)

9140810eb28b318fb081c1f98c0989c8

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on February 07, 2012
at 04:40 PM

Hehehe - totally NOT paleo. Major cheat night.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on February 06, 2012
at 04:18 PM

Wait, how is mac & cheese paleo? Hope it was a one off, and hope the Mac was made from coconut flour. :)

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on August 08, 2013
at 01:47 AM

I love how people read someone's comment and try to "postulate" into another universe about "what else" it "could have been" LOL

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on February 06, 2012
at 11:55 AM

Carbs definitely make be sleepy.

In my former life, I used to nob off at my desk in afternoons and crash on my couch for 2 hours after dinner each night.

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on February 06, 2012
at 05:02 PM

Nob off at your desk? I hope it's a private office.

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