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Do You Have Bad Dreams After Eating Spicy Food?

Updated: Feb 16

DrLullaby's founder, Lisa Medalie, PsyD, DBSM contributes to this Glamour Vitamin G article, to avoid heavy or spicy food 2-3 hours before bed to "cut down on the nightmares!"


We only dream during periods of REM, which occur about every 90 minutes. And nightmares just happen to be quite memorable, because they're usually scary enough to wake us up. So when our bodies are working to digest food, there's a better chance our sleep continuity will be interrupted. That's why Lisa Medalie, a clinical associate of psychiatry at University of Chicago, advises patients to avoid heavy or spicy foods within two to three hours of bedtime--to cut down on the nightmares!

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