Are you having nightmares lately? Your favorite midnight snacks may be giving you nightmares and slowing your weight loss progress.
An experiment was conducted by a Canadian university and participated by 396 students polled on their diet and dream quality, daily for two weeks. The questions that they answered delved into diet habits, psychological function, overall health, sleep, and dream habits.
After sorting through these responses, the researchers were able to drum up a targeted list of foods that cause nightmares. You know, the kinds of dreams that wake you up, mess with your sleep cycle, and ultimately, spike your cortisol levels enough to cause weight gain.
If you’re looking for a peaceful night, here are some of the foods you should avoid right before bed.
Consuming alcohol before bed makes it more difficult to fall into a deep sleep, participants in the study reported nightmares and stressful dreams after knocking back a few.
Chocolates were the second most frequently mentioned category of dream-influencing foods, with reports of “bizarre” and “disturbing” dreams being the most common. This is because chocolate is a source of caffeine, which is known to perk you up. Almost all chocolates contain some level of caffeine, and on top of that, loaded with stimulants like theobromine, which is known to make your heart race a little bit.
A bowl of ice cream might be the most comforting food after a break-up, but there’s a limit to its soothing properties. It’s also been discovered that eating high-sugar foods before bed causes nightmares, so while the taste might be calming, the results are unnerving.
Seeing celery on this list might surprise you, but there’s a simple reason for it: celery is a natural diuretic. What that means is it’s going to make you pee a bit more than usual.
Participants in the study who had pasta or bread before bed reported having upsetting dreams, which is no surprise considering sugar consumption was shown to have the same effect. It’s a little-known fact, but carbs actually convert to glucose (a form of sugar) in the body.