Happy Thanksgiving

As you prepare for your feasts and gatherings and games today, I would like to take a moment to say thank you for reading BestGentleman and for being part of such an amazing community. I am grateful to each and every one of you out there for sharing this journey with me.

This holiday has a long and muddied past of which will only annoy and aggravate you. Everything from when the day was first celebrated, where, and what the official date for the holiday has been up for debate since 1619. Even the reason for the day and who actually was present at the first gathering is still up for debate.

Regardless of the confusion, the only consistency you will find is that the day celebrated gratefulness for a plentiful harvest in 1621. Despite who was actually present in history, what truly matters is who we choose to share today with. This day is for us to show thanks to all we love and enjoy a filling feast sure to put us into a restful slumber.

Another topic of debate, is whether turkey makes you sleepy or not. As it is, turkey purportedly has no more tryptophan than other poultry. You may even find this amino acid (building block of protein) in eggs, fish, dairy, etc. However, because the body does not create it naturally, tryptophan must be ingested. It is then used by your body to create the B-vitamin niacin, which is important for your skin, nerves, digestion, and serotonin.

All of this helps you sleep, but it will not put you to sleep. You won’t be able to have a Tryptophan overload causing you to feel sleepy.

What  will really make you sleepy is:

  1. No Work = Relaxation
  2. Over Eating
  3. Too much alcohol

Ever have a lunch too big that you feel like taking an afternoon siesta? The same goes for Thanksgiving. The good news is, you can actually take that siesta today! So go ahead and indulge, then give yourself permission to pass out.

Trying to “cut back” or “be good” this holiday season? Click here.

Have an amazing day, and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.


Nicholas Lucin