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I know this will seem like a weird post, but I would like to know if anyone out there has experienced the same as I do.
I have been eating Thai food for years, whenever eat it at night, I have to worst nightmares, really bad and graphic, I am putting it down to sleeping too soon after eating or perhaps some ingredient that I am allergic to.
Does anyone have similar experiences?

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  1. To Thai food generally? No, I can't say I've ever experienced that phenomenon.


    1. You know you don't eat the lemongrass right? Can't help you out.

      1. It sounds like heartburn to me. Never experienced it but I know some who have. Do you have any gastrointestinal symptoms?

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        1. re: cheryl_h

          Thanks Cheryl, no, I don't have gastrointestinal symwptoms, It's been like this for years however, but I am thinking its sleeping too soon after eating, the dreams are wild though.

        2. If it was the case that there was something in Thai food that gave people nightmares wouldn't there be a nation of very frightened, sleep deprived people? Could account for the coup...

          1. Do you eat it spicy? Maybe the chili pepper makes you hallucinate like on that episode of the Simpsons where Homer tripped from tasting the really hot pepper at the chili cook off.

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            1. re: kate.s

              Oh my goodness, that one is out of control.

            2. I've had a similar experience -- with pizza, believe it or not. Pepperoni, sausage, olives, extra cheese, pepper flakes, etc. It was only one time that I've had a nightmare after eating pizza... shortly after eating I lay down for a nap. 30 seconds later I jerked out of bed in a frightening way and startled my roommate. I was waving my arms and yelling... its amazing how much can happen in a dream when real time is less than a minute. I had dreamed I was leading an expedition (much like Indiana Jones) into a cave, and we came upon a huge spider with legspan of 8 ft... and I was tangling w/ it martial arts style when I woke up yelling; bedding twisted all around me like spider legs.

              Now I am careful not to fall asleep right after a spicy meal.

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              1. re: S U

                i have nightmares after eating cheese.

              2. I can't say that I've had this experience, but my suggestion to you would be to isolate the common flavours of Thai food that aren't as common elsewhere and see if it's any one cause. It could be an odd reaction to a food allergy.

                The list that popped into my head as "primary Thai" flavours are coconut milk, lime leaves, lemongrass, bird chilies, fish sauce, palm sugar, galangal, turmeric, shrimp paste, lime juice and peanuts.

                Note that most of these flavours are used in other cuisines, but the combination of these says "Thai" more than just about anything else.

                1. hello, did you ever figure this one out? i have a similar experience although not with all thai food. there was one particular Asian fusion restaurant in knoxville tenn. where every time i would eat there i would wake up in the middle of the night not able to sleep at all and with mild anxiety. i have eaten a lot of thai sense then, but last night i ate at a thai restaurant and the same thing happened. i feel like there must be some ingredient that has this effect on me.