One reason why people frequently wake up at night is because they are having nightmares. And why do they have nightmares? It has something to do with what they eat. Chocolate may be the culprit. Causing aggravated sleep disorder in which people act out violent nightmares.
About one in 200 people, mostly men, suffer from the condition, called rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder, or RBD. Normally, people are paralyzed while dreaming, but those with RBD thrash about and shout in their sleep.
The sufferer acts out what’s happening in his dream – which could mean punching and kicking their partner.
Researchers were first alerted to the chocolate link by a patient who lashed out during recurrent dreams in which he tried to protect his home against intruders.
The patient had found that the outbursts happened after he ate chocolate biscuits, ice cream or syrup before bed.
Robert Vorona, from the Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in the U.S. state of Virginia, said the problems started after the patient suffered head injuries in a car accident.
But chocolate made the symptoms much worse.
In a report due to appear in the journal Sleep Medicine, Vorona suggests chocolate might help block a natural process that paralyses sleepers when they dream.
He has successfully treated the man with a sedative, but says the symptoms recur if he eats chocolate.
Dr. Kota J. Reddy, well known- Cardiologist, and founder of The Reddy Wellness Center, explains in his book, Eat This Lose That! ”When you eat sugar and starch, your insulin level goes up. At night, this insulin brings down your blood sugar too low. Your body will be on alert and will wake you up by giving you nightmares. You are now in a ‘fight or flight’ mode. Your blood pressure goes up, you are in distress and you are fully awake.”
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