Postprandial somnolence – “food coma”!!

I just learnt this terminology a few days ago!

Postprandial somnolence: Postprandial somnolence is a normal state of drowsiness or lassitude following a meal. Postprandial somnolence has two components: a general state of low energy related to activation of the parasympathetic nervous system in response to mass in the gastrointestinal tract, and a specific state of sleepiness. 

That is why I learnt decades ago that I should always have a very, very light breakfast before an exam or now, before teaching mathematics for 4 hours straight.

Here’s photographic evidence of postprandial somnolence at work….



Postprandial somnolence plus “the leg”!

As always, the weird one!!


Food coma, Indy!!

Wait a minute….HOW did you sneak out, Indy???

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