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We've all heard the expression "It must have been something I ate". You've probably used it yourself. For me it's usually an expression that connotes unpleasant feelings. Most often it's my explanation for a bad feeling in my digestive system. But I suppose it might also apply as a reason for having some of the dreams we have.
If I've eaten too much, not enough, or something that has an effect on my mind or body, I might be kept awake by the discomfort of a bad feeling in my stomach. Caffeine or certain stimulating foods might cause me to feel jittery and keep me awake. If I eat something like fruit or drink a lot of liquids I might need to get up with some frequency to go to the bathroom.
In the latter case I will often have dreams about looking for a bathroom, finally awakening to actually get up and go. If I haven't eaten enough and am hungry, I will probably dream about food. The feelings in my body can understandably influence my dreams. But I wonder if specific foods influence dreams in some way?
I can't remember any instances where I can say a particular food influenced my dreams. I would surmise that any spicy food or highly flavorful food could very well affect my dream life. Perhaps candy, desserts, or any sugar laden or sweet foods influence dreams. I would not be surprised if meats, pizza, or certain ethnic foods would cause an increase of dream activity. Honestly, I cannot say that this is the case since I don't recall an example from my own life.
Maybe you can provide some examples that you have experienced.
Can you pinpoint any specific foods that have caused you to have more unusual dreams than normal? What foods would you expect to have the most affect on dreaming? Do you ever purposely eat or drink anything in order to have increased dream activity?