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Nightmare FAQs: The 5 dream questions you were too afraid to ask

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Fiona Pragoff/Wellcome Images By Michelle Carr Can foods cause nightmares? A fifth of us believe that eating certain foods, especially late at night, can cause disturbing and nightmarish dreams, according to research recently carried out by Tore Nielsen, director of the Dream and Nightmare Laboratory in Montreal, Canada, where I work. The most common culprits were foods containing dairy products, such as cheese, ice cream and pizza, and spicy dishes. One explanation is that people are simply misattributing their bad dreams to food. But it is also reasonable to believe that these foods do influence dreams. We know that what we eat can affect our mood and cognition during the day, so digesting these foods while sleeping might similarly impact dreams, perhaps making them more vivid or emotional. And it might be no coincidence that people point the finger at dairy products most often, because many people’s stomachs are sensitive to the lactose in them. So difficulty digesting foods, particularly when eaten late at night, may affect the dreaming mind, creating discomfort and negativity in dreams. What are the most typical nightmare themes and what do they mean? Themes tend to vary by lifestyle and age. Perhaps unsurprisingly, students often have school-related nightmares, like missing or failing an exam. The variety is immense, though, from zombie apocalypses to teeth falling out. Some of the most common nightmares we see in the lab include being attacked or chased, dying, falling, or being paralysed. Even a mundane dream, however,