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Can eating spicy foods such as very hot salsa really cause/make you more likely to have bad dreams or is that an old wives' tale?

Can eating spicy foods such as very hot salsa really cause/make you more likely to have bad dreams or is that an old wives' tale?

It is possible: Depending on when spicy foods are consumed, it is possible to affect dreams. if consumed near bedtime (in fact consuming significant portions of most foods near bedtime) can affect dreams. this effect likely stems from physiological digestive processes and the influence of spicy food on the body. These physical changes can then be interpreted and integrated into dream cycles, sometimes negatively ...Read more

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Bad Dreams (Definition)

Bad dreams is a symptom in which a person remembers dreams that are stressful to him, such as scary dreams, dreams of getting chased by attackers, dreams of suffering ...Read more


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Can my pain meds or adderal cause my sudden nightmares and 185bpm resting hrtrate also not eating at all went to ER, found nothing on immidiate labs:(?

Can my pain meds or adderal cause my sudden nightmares and 185bpm resting hrtrate also not eating at all went to ER, found nothing on immidiate labs:(?

Two possibilities: Yes, Adderall itself can cause tachycardia. Remicade (infliximab). also has cardiovascular side effects including hyportension-when the body has low blood pressure it compensates by increasing heart rate. Please ask your doctor about these and other possible causes. Also explore with doc if increasing stress/anxiety. Once medical issues addressed, a psych therapy referral may also be good idea if stress up. ...Read more

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What causes nightmares?

What causes nightmares?

Nightmares = dreams: Ightmares are simply dreams. In the theoretical aveerage person who sleeps 8 hrs a night you have 4 rem or sleep cycles. Rem or rapid eye movement is the deepest stage of sleep when we dream. Although each cycle is about the same we spend more time in rem in the last two cycles so we often rembers dreams or nightmares from the early morning. It is not clear why we dream any specific topic. ...Read more

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What causes nightmares in kids?

What causes nightmares in kids?

Stress and anxiety: Nightmares are sleep disruptions that include frightening content and are especially common in early childhood. Often these experiences are influenced by stressors that occur during waking hours. The course and development of nightmares are largely dependent on developmental level and are present throughout childhood (journal of clinical child psychology, 2000). ...Read more

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What can cause constant nightmares?

Lots of things: If its a child, could be discord in the family, or allowing your child to view stupid movies like "chucky" or medications. Does the person have recall of the dreams? Some worry themselves into problems that they replay when they sleep. No recall of a dream (s) could be a night terror. ...Read more

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What is the cause of nightmares in kids?

Nightmares: Separation anxiety is common, also traumatic experiences & other fears. ...Read more

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Chronic nightmares. What could be the cause?

Repeated awakening: Real definition of night mare repeated awakening from major sleep or naps frightening dreams with detailed recalls usually involve threats of survival occur during second half of sleep period . Any history of trauma or witnessed trauma where escape was not possible or on acute distress where difficulty relax. ...Read more

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What could be a cause of constant nightmares?

What could be a cause of constant nightmares?

Nightmares: Several possibilities -- among them, being on medications that are associated with nightmares, such as narcotics, antidepressants, and some antihypertensives. Drug and alcohol withdrawal can cause it. Also nightmares can certainly come with ptsd, anxiety, and depression. Sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome can lead to nightmares as well. See your doctor for help with this problem. ...Read more

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Why causes someone to constantly keep having nightmares ?

Why causes  someone to constantly keep having nightmares  ?

Stress/worries: Recurrent nightmares reflect stress/worries. Review your life, list your stressors, & seek solutions. Use strategies including talking with a trusted person, develop self calming skills, and eliminate unnecessary stresses. Review your internal dialogue as what we tell ourselves affects our stress/dreams. Develop a positive internal dialogue. Rewrite nightmares with positive ending-take charge. ...Read more

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What causes nightmares and what can I do to stop them from occuring?

What causes nightmares and what can I do to stop them from occuring?

Many factors: Nightmares are both common & normal. We seem to notice & recall unpleasant dreams much more than pleasant ones. They may arise from fear, stress, pain, discomfort, etc, but they don't necessarily represent real life psych dysfunction. Good, deep, regular sleep is your best protection-& that's a huge topic in itself. How you end your day, & how you live your day, are big factors too. ...Read more