Do onions make you feel sleepy?

United States
November 10, 2009 3:24pm CST
It seems like whenever I eat foods with onions in them or on them, I tend to get sleepy. This can be rather annoying if I eat the food early in the day, because I need to be alert and awake. However, it works out great if I eat it a few hours before bedtime because it helps me drift off to sleep. How about you? Does eating onions make you sleepy or am I the only one this happens to?
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• Ireland
13 Feb 11
hi there..i do has the same problem as you:Plol whenever i eat raw onion with other food, minutes later i feel really2 sleepy. it feels like the onion makes my body tired, aches and the eyes really want to shut off for bed:P its different when i stuffed my self with everything except onion, i wont feel as sleepy as when eating onion. any comment?
• Romania
3 Mar 11
doesn't anyone have the cause for this.Is it allergy or some digestion problem. It's not the amount of food, is not the teary eyes ,is just eating raw onions.And I also suspect that the sleepiness is a not a good symptom , but one that tells you somethings wrong, but what?
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• United States
10 Nov 09
They do not make me sleepy that I am aware of. They make my eyes water. But I have never noticed them making me sleepy when I eat them. Next time I have onions I will gage how I feel after eating them. Are you alergic to them maybe. Certain foods affect people in certain ways and not others.
• United States
10 Nov 09
I don't think I'm allergic to them. I don't have any other reaction besides feeling sleepy. I think it must be a certain chemical in the onion that makes me feel calm and sleepy after I eat it. Yes, next time you eat some onion, please gauge how you feel afterward and let me know if you feel tired or sleepy. It would be interesting to find others who have the same thing happen to them. I don't know anyone else this happens to!
• United States
10 Nov 09
I have not gotten sleepy but know onions are good for you and helps in some aras from getting sick.
• United States
10 Nov 09
Yes, they are very good for your health. Onions are in the same family as garlic which is also an excellent cold-fighter.
• Malaysia
13 Nov 09
Hmmm... I never felt sleepy after eating onions. Do you think it's because of the onions or something else? Because I never heard about it. I only know that when you eat something spicy, you will likely to get sleepy easily. So, perhaps those onions are spicy for your digest system that makes you feel sleepy.
• Thailand
13 Nov 09
I don't think so. I don't think Onions are the source of making you sleepy. If you stuff yourself and feel really full after lunch by eating no matter what, you'd get sleepy anyway. I think there are researches that prove that and I don't think onions can cause sleepiness otherwise I'd let my GF stuff them so she can sleep properly.