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By John Broetje | Blog, Sleep | Dec 21, 2022
Have you ever experienced a strange or vivid dream after eating a particular type of food? Many people believe that certain foods, like dairy or spicy dishes, can lead to strange or unpleasant dreams. While there is no scientific evidence to support this belief, it’s not hard to see why people might make the connection.
Food affects many aspects of our bodies beyond just our stomachs. It can impact our mood, energy levels, and the quality of our sleep. For example, if you have a sensitivity to dairy and eat a large bowl of ice cream before bed, it’s possible that your digestive system will be upset and you’ll sleep poorly, leading you to remember your dreams more vividly. Similarly, eating a large, spicy meal before bed can increase your body’s temperature and metabolism, leading to more brain activity during the REM stage of sleep, when we tend to dream.
It’s also worth noting that the timing of our meals can affect our dreams. If we eat a large meal just before bed, it can disrupt our sleep patterns and lead to more vivid dreaming.
While it’s true that food can affect our bodies in various ways, it’s important to remember that there is no scientific evidence to support the idea that specific foods directly cause strange or bad dreams. It’s possible that any connection between food and dreams is due to the impact of food on our overall sleep quality or the way it affects our bodies. So, if you’re having strange dreams after eating a particular food, it’s probably just a coincidence.
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