Did you know that roughly two to eight percent of the adult population will get the sort of nightmares that leave you sweating bolt upright in bed with the light on?
These jump-out-of-bed moments aren't just copyrighted by the movie industry, they're very real and can leave a person feeling stressed and anxious.
Normally, nightmares occur during REM sleep (also known as Rapid Eye Movement sleep) in the early morning hours. Most adults will dream about not being able to run away fast enough or falling from a height, but others may revisit a past traumatic event like a family death or a road traffic accident.
It's not easy to predict when nightmares will strike, but experts believe eating a heavy meal or snack before bed is one sure-fire way to get them.
That midnight sandwich might sound tempting, but it will increase your metabolism and send signals to your brain to be more active.
Want to know what food and drink to avoid? Take a look at the top nightmare inducing foods in the gallery below...
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