Scary movies, thrilling TV crime shows, medications, and stress can all cause nightmares. But did you know that the snacks you choose can also put a damper on your quality of sleep?
The foods you consume can directly affect your sleep pattern and control the types of dreams you have at night. If you enjoy a little bedtime snacking, you might want to think twice about which foods you select.
10. Hot Sauce
You’ve probably heard that spicy foods and hot sauce cause bad dreams, and you may have even experienced it yourself. According to recent studies, the rumor is true.
A study published in Frontiers in Psychology showed that people who consumed hot sauce before bed had trouble falling asleep and experienced stressful dreams. Spicy foods change the body’s temperature which alters dream formations.
A study by a university in Australia also showed that hot sauce disturbs sleep patterns. Participants in the study were given hot sauce and mustard with their evening meals to assess the changes, if any, to their sleeping habits.
The sauce increased their total time awake, causing them to sleep and dream badly. As the sauce elevates the body’s temperature, brain activity is disturbed and nightmares can be produced. The bad dreams will have you sweating more than the hot sauce.
9. Cookies And Cake
As a kid, you were told that sugar before bed was a bad idea. We know that sugar can increase the risk of weight gain, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. But it can also cause bad dreams.
That is why it’s a good idea to stay away from cookies and cake before jumping into bed. In the research that was published in Frontiers in Psychology, 31 percent of those being studied reported bizarre dreams after eating foods like cookies and cake.
These sugary foods can alter dream formations during the REM (rapid eye movement) stage of sleep. So make sure you eat them at least six hours before you go to sleep.