Of the 68 participants who indicated that their dreams were affected by eating certain foods, 12.5 percent blamed it on cheese.
Whether it’s warranted or not, cheese does have a big reputation for causing nightmares — according to a totally unofficial study conducted by the British Cheese Board, Stilton cheese can result in dreams that are bizarre or crazy.
Don’t tell your nonna — ragus, ziti and other such dishes nabbed 12.5 percent. High carb content can be blamed for pasta’s nightmare-inducing qualities.
12.5 percent of participants surveyors called out steak, hamburgers and hot dogs as being associated with wicked dreams.
For people prone to heartburn, a symptom of acid reflux, pizza is one of the worst things to chow on before bed. 9.4 percent of participants thought it led to nightmares.
Might want to stop slathering all that Sriracha on your dinner. More than nine percent of participants blamed nightmares on spicy foods. For what it’s worth, dream analyst Lauri Lowenberg says that spicy, rich foods are definitely a gateway to nightmares.
A rather unassuming condiment, 9.4 percent of participants did say that the brined cucumbers caused gnarly reveries.
Contrary to lullaby lore, a glass of warm milk might actually contribute to a worse night’s sleep. 6.3 percent of participants accusing milk of causing nightmares.
More than six percent of participants said their sweet tooth left them scared sleepless. Sugar can kickstart the metabolism and cause restlessness. Not to mention, sweets before bed can be harmful to your dental health if you don’t brush properly before bed.
Some may find this as straightforward, others may be saddened. Classified separately from sugar, sweets and candy, chocolate was the reason 6.3 percent of participants said they had nightmares.
6.3 percent of participants said their liking for fast food gave them bad dreams. Especially for those with heartburn, deep-fried and oily food will cause gastric acid to flare. This causes discomfort and nausea in some cases.
6.3 percent of participants indicated nightmares on nights when they ate vegetables. Maybe they were just trying to avoid those Brussel sprouts. Or, their metabolism was kicked into gear and they were given energy from a dish with spinach, kale or other power-packed veggies.
Poutine, that gluttonous Canadian dish in which a pile of french fries are speckled with cheese curds and slathered in gravy, was responsible for 3.1 percent of participants saying they had nightmares.
As if carbs weren’t bad enough: Three percent of participants said noodles gave them bad dreams.
On the other hand, some foods exist to help you catch zzzs. These dishes catalyze melatonin production in the body and help soothe you. In moderation, here are 25 foods that can help you sleep.
No matter what you eat before bed, though, you should set conditions for optimal sleep. That means buying the best mattress on the market.