From the time my son was an infant, he frequently fell asleep while eating. I wondered if the male gene held some code in it that prevented men from staying awake after eating a meal, because my father and his brothers always fell asleep after they ate too. After a holiday meal our living room was filled with sleeping men.
For years, because every man in my life did it, I thought men everywhere just naturally fell asleep after eating. But then I discovered videos (on youtube) of boys and girls falling asleep while eating. I couldn't attribute their falling asleep to being overly tired, unless they were overly tired every time they came over.
And I certainly couldn't attribute my son's sleeping to being overly tired. Like his sisters, my son always took short naps (an hour at the most) in the afternoon after lunch, so falling asleep shouldn't have been a problem during meals, because we always ate dinner around 5:00 p.m.
If this gene is inherited (if it's a gene at all), it skipped some of the other male members of my grandchildren, because none of them falls asleep while eating – with the exception of one who is apparently afflicted with the "falling asleep while eating" gene. Here is the video:
Hopefully the video will show up. It's posted on my facebook account. I have no cure or advice to offer. But if your child suffers from this affliction, videotape it. Family members will love it.
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