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Can Spicy Food Really Give you Nightmares?
MSNBC ^ | Meghan Holohan

Posted on 02/15/2013 9:18:02 PM PST by nickcarraway

After a restless night of sleep, filled with nightmares where velociraptors and chainsaw-wielding maniacs chase you down, you wake up and wonder what caused such vivid, frightful dreams. Could it have been that spicy Thai food you had before bed?

Actually, there is some evidence that eating a spicy meal shortly before going to sleep can lead to some wacko dreams. In fact, eating anything too close to bedtime can trigger more dreams, because the late night snacks increase the body’s metabolism and temperature, explains Dr. Charles Bae, MD, a sleep medicine doctor at Sleep Disorders Center at the Cleveland Clinic. Heightened metabolism and temperature can lead to more brain activity, prompting more action during rapid eye movement sleep, or REM.

About every 90 minutes people experience rapid eye movement sleep as they cycle through the stages of sleep.

(Excerpt) Read more at bodyodd.nbcnews.com ...


TOPICS: Food; Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: diet; disorders; sleep

1 posted on 02/15/2013 9:18:06 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
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2 posted on 02/15/2013 9:19:05 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

If this were true, I’d never get a good night’s sleep. I put horseradish on english muffins and tabasco on dried apricots.


3 posted on 02/15/2013 9:20:05 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: nickcarraway

Crushed red pepper flakes should be behind the pharmacy counter. It should be classified as a psychedelic drug.


4 posted on 02/15/2013 9:23:50 PM PST by wrench
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To: nickcarraway

So... might our present national nightmare due to us all eating overly spicy food?

I wish!


5 posted on 02/15/2013 9:29:16 PM PST by cyn (Benghazi...the travesty continues.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

If it weren’t for hot sauce, horseradish and hot mustard I’d never get to sleep.


6 posted on 02/15/2013 9:30:01 PM PST by One Name (Ultimately, the TRUTH is a razor's edge and no man can sit astride it.)
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To: nickcarraway

The nightmare for me would be a world without hot peppers.


7 posted on 02/15/2013 9:32:11 PM PST by One Name (Ultimately, the TRUTH is a razor's edge and no man can sit astride it.)
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To: nickcarraway
As I enter geezerhood, Prisolec is my faithful companion. I refuse to give up spicy food, but waking up with acid reflux is a surefire method to ruin sleep for the rest of the night.

For many years, spicy food at night did not bother me, just tomato heavy dishes would. Now I do not gamble. Habaneros for breakfast are still no problem, thankfully.

8 posted on 02/15/2013 9:34:00 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: nickcarraway

I had nightmares about mufflers and woke up exhausted.


9 posted on 02/15/2013 9:40:41 PM PST by umgud
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To: nickcarraway

I couldn’t get the original link to work, but did find this one:
http://bodyodd.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/15/16965956-can-spicy-food-really-give-you-nightmares


10 posted on 02/15/2013 9:44:51 PM PST by FamiliarFace
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To: umgud

Muffler

11 posted on 02/15/2013 9:47:49 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I love nightmares.

Or good dreams.

Either. Makes me no difference.

Dreaming, to me, is like going to the movies.. I’ve gone the dream interpretation route, trying to put meaning into it.

In the end, it makes no difference, I love the heck out of my dreams, which are colorful, sometimes frightening,sometimes uplifting, sometimes sorrowful.....


12 posted on 02/15/2013 9:59:46 PM PST by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: nickcarraway

No kidding. I put a couple of jalapenos in the pot with some cabbage, broccoli, pork, etc., and woke up with the cold sweats after a nightmare wherein the White Hut had been taken over by an anti-American, communist, muslim, homo, druggie, who had stolen the last two presidential elections. Scary stuff.


13 posted on 02/15/2013 10:05:46 PM PST by meadsjn
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To: Joe 6-pack

right before bedtime???


14 posted on 02/15/2013 10:10:10 PM PST by Nifster
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To: meadsjn

Wow...I had almost the same dream..only it was about his wife. :-)


15 posted on 02/15/2013 10:10:13 PM PST by Conservative4Ever (I'm going Galt)
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To: nickcarraway

Not true. I have nightmares at most 3-4 times a year. I have a spicy omelette every day.


16 posted on 02/15/2013 10:22:14 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: nickcarraway

I you play music quietly in the background you can make a musical. Pipe organ is best for nightmares.


17 posted on 02/15/2013 10:27:19 PM PST by ThomasThomas (Normal isn't normal anymore.)
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To: ThomasThomas

Hmmm, I thought it was calliope.


18 posted on 02/15/2013 10:29:09 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: KittenClaws
Dreaming, to me, is like going to the movies..

Same here. I haven't had a "nightmare" for as long as I remember, but waking up and remembering some weird bazaar dream and recalling it is loads of fun.

19 posted on 02/15/2013 10:37:30 PM PST by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: Doomonyou

So I’m not the only one?

What’s weird is, when I accepted the bizzar and scary stuff, it decided to stop. Sort of peeved me


20 posted on 02/15/2013 10:44:30 PM PST by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: KittenClaws

Having spent many years living, traveling and eating with “pepper belly’s”..it isn’t the pepper and spice that gets you..it is the fat that goes with it. The fats and acids like tomatoes and the dried pieces of anything. Cut back on the fat and it does wonders for your acid reflux.


21 posted on 02/15/2013 10:59:10 PM PST by Oldexpat
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To: nickcarraway

The technicolor dreams from spicy foods are definitely true. I’ve never been one to have nightmares, but have truly spectacular dreams after a spicy meal. I enjoy them as much as the spicy food


22 posted on 02/16/2013 12:21:11 AM PST by Figment
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To: KittenClaws

Take some vitamin B. That will give you the wild technicolor dreams of which you speak!
Ask me how I know!


23 posted on 02/16/2013 4:35:00 AM PST by 9422WMR
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To: doorgunner69
Try a couple of shots of apple cider vinegar a day.

Got rid of my acid reflux. Takes about two weeks. Keep on taking it for 3 months to be permanent.

24 posted on 02/16/2013 5:02:53 AM PST by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: nickcarraway

No nightmare comes close to waking up knowing we have at least another four years of hussein and his minions.


25 posted on 02/16/2013 6:11:38 AM PST by bgill
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To: rawcatslyentist
Never hears of the cider vinegar treatment.

Any particular time of day to do this?

26 posted on 02/16/2013 10:47:42 AM PST by doorgunner69
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To: doorgunner69
I just took a sip upon waking, and before going to sleep.

I used the Braggs live culture version. I got tired of waking up with lungs and sinus full of acid.

27 posted on 02/16/2013 11:16:39 AM PST by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: rawcatslyentist

I sip ACV to lower my blood pressure when it spikes. ACV is a wonder drug. Many folks don’t know about it’s benefits.


28 posted on 02/16/2013 3:25:32 PM PST by neal1960 (D m cr ts S ck. Would you like to buy a vowel?)
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To: neal1960

When you say ACV, do you mean apple cider vinegar?


29 posted on 02/16/2013 7:13:54 PM PST by fini
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Yes. You can Google ACV and find many uses for it. Apple cider vinegar is also a natural diuretic.


30 posted on 02/17/2013 10:11:07 AM PST by neal1960 (D m cr ts S ck. Would you like to buy a vowel?)
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