If you need siestas after your main meals you're unlikely to become a diabetic in a hurry!

Frank Pio Russo - December 12, 2015.

 

I probably have some sort of world record for going over 10 years without any sleep at all! However there was one recent exception to the rule, and that was the first time I had an insulin injection before my meal. As the body was loading up with glucose I felt very relaxed and somewhat groggy... I laid down for a while and actually fell asleep! Ever since then, I always feel a bit unusual after my insulin and a meal... as if I could use some down time on the bed because of a slight weakness - though still not sleeping.

So it appears that a sudden release of insulin into the body, with the associated rapid uptake of glucose by the muscles, can bring about the physiological need for a siesta of some sort... (i.e. rest following a meal e.g. ongoing from lunchtime for an hour or two). It therefore follows that if the latter applies to you and you're not having big insulin shots, then you must have a very functional pancreas that clears your meals' nutrients very quickly, and makes you feel sleepy in the process. If this were true in you case, then I doubt that you're going to become a diabetic in any hurry as your pancreas is probably very active!

I have always liked the concept of a siesta because our body's worst enemy is gravity, and some 'down' time parallel to the ground, is very useful in combating this bad influence: I actually used to grow well over an inch from evening to morning following the night's rest! Nevertheless, I definitely don't like the idea of shops shutting down so as to enable siestas en masse: I'm always even upset simply because the shops close for Christmas and Easter - why can't people spread their holidays all year-round... surely no-body believes those fairy tales anymore!

Frank Pio Russo.