Does cheese give you nightmares?
Don’t eat cheese before bed, it’ll give you nightmares! That’s the age-old tale that’s been going around for generations. But is there any truth in it? We sat down with Madeleine Shaw, nutrition expert and food blogger, to get her take on if this old wives’ tale has substance.
While there’s no scientific evidence to suggest that cheese gives you nightmares, many people have claimed to experience more vivid dreams if they eat cheese before bed. However this could be due to a plethora of different reasons, not least of all being that cheese contains a high fat content, which if eaten before bed could cause you to feel uncomfortable and disturb your sleep. But this could be the quantity of food eaten rather than the fact it’s cheese.
What causes nightmares?
Now that we’ve established that cheese is not a major contributor to nightmares, let’s talk about the things that can actually cause you to wake up in a cold sweat. Here are some of the most common reasons adults could have nightmares, according to WebMD:
Late-night snacking: eating too much late at night can increase your metabolism and cause your brain to be more active at night, which may cause you to have a bad dream
Sleep deprivation: if you’re losing sleep here and there, you may find yourself in the midst of a nightmare when you do eventually drift off
Anxiety and depression
Sleep apnea and other sleep disorders
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