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Could eating before bed give you nightmares?

After a restless night of sleep, filled with nightmares, you wake up and wonder what caused such vivid, frightful dreams. Could it have been that spicy Thai food you had before bed? Did you know the answer is yes?
(WSYR-TV) -- After a restless night of sleep, filled with nightmares, you wake up and wonder what caused such vivid, frightful dreams. Could it have been that spicy Thai food you had before bed? Did you know the answer is yes?

There is some evidence that eating a spicy meal shortly before going to sleep can lead to some wacko dreams.

Sleep researchers at the Cleveland Clinic say eating anything too close to bedtime can trigger more dreams, because the late night snacks increase the body's metabolism and temperature. That can lead to more brain activity, prompting more action during rapid eye movement sleep, or REM.

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