->''"Why do you doubt your senses?"\\
"Because," said Scrooge, "a little thing affects them. A slight disorder of the stomach makes them cheats. You may be an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of an underdone potato. There's more of [[JustForPun gravy than of grave]] about you, whatever you are!"''
-->-- '''''Literature/AChristmasCarol'''''

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Alice is enjoying a late meal of a triple-decker hot link (sausage) sandwich before bed. Bob warns her (for what is usually not the first time) that it's only going to give her indigestion and BadDreams. Alice blows him off and chows down. I think you can guess what happens that night. Well, it isn't [[PottyEmergency that]]. ([[FreudWasRight Or for that matter]] ''[[EroticDream that]]''!)

As it turns out, some foods may well give you nightmares.

A variant of the MushroomSamba commonly found in {{Sit Com}}s and cartoons. Despite the superficially similar name, probably won't take you to an AcidTripDimension. Not to be confused with NutritionalNightmare.

TruthInTelevision, as anyone who's eaten at D'Leon's after dark will tell you.



* Averted in the first ''Anime/YuGiOh'' movie. When Pegasus wakes up from a nightmare involving the Egyptian God Cards, he at first blames it on the wine spritzer he had before going to bed. But he quickly realizes it [[DreamingOfThingsToCome probably had a deeper meaning.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* This actually drives part of the plot in Gene Luen Yang's ''Loyola Chin and the San Peligran Order''. The title character starts experimenting with the sorts of dreams she gets from eating odd combinations of foods, which leads to her encounter with Saint Danger of the titular San Peligran Order.
* In the [=ScroogeMcDuck=] comic ''The Dream of a Lifetime'' by Creator/DonRosa, the Beagle Boys invade Scrooge's dreams to steal the door combinations to his money bin's vault. When the dreams (all recollections from [[RetiredBadass Scrooge's adventurous past]]) get too wild for them they pin it down to pre-bedtime meals.
* In an early ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog'' issue, Sonic chows down on one too many chili dogs and dreams he's "Sonic the Chili Dog", his fellow Freedom Fighters are condiments and Robotnik was a hamburger. When he comes to, he vows not to eat anymore chili dogs... which he breaks five seconds later.
* ''ComicBook/TheFabulousFurryFreakBrothers'' had a story where the trio break into a prison to free a friend. There's lots of high-body-count mayhem, and when Fat Freddy gets swarmed and beaten by hundreds of police, we see he's dreaming and his two friends are angrily swatting him with a rolled-up newspaper for eating all two dozen hashish-laced cookies they'd baked for a party. Then, in a much ''much'' [[BrickJoke later]] story, the wake-up scene is repeated, implying everything that happened in that 12-year span was him dreaming!
* One issue of the Mirage ''Comicbook/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|Mirage}}'' comic, done by guest artist Matt Howarth, features all the Turtles and Splinter having odd dreams but only Donatello's count as an {{Acid Reflux Nightmare}} After eating an entire bag of chocolate chip cheese cookies he falls asleep and dream he and his brothers and captured by the Feds and are subjected to nefarious tests and tortures meanwhile a government file regarding them is stolen and sold to a Hollywood director who exploits it for his own gain via cartoons and toys (A not so subtle {{Take That}} To the original cartoon) eventually the Turtles become prisoners of their own fame and lay around watching TV all day getting lazy and fat, Don then wakes up screaming "Teenage Couch Potato Turtles!"
* Jokingly referenced in ''ComicBook/CerebusTheAardvark'' rather than used. In ''Guys'', Cerebus has an alcohol-induced nightmare involving Roaring Rick Veitch and his Rare-Bit Fiends. This is a parody of Veitch's actual comic/dream journal ''Roarin' Rick's Rare Bit Fiends'', which was based off Creator/WinsorMcCay's comic strip ''Dreams of a Rarebit Fiend'', whose title referenced the notion that eating too much [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Welsh_rarebit Welsh rarebit]] would cause nightmares.

[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* Discussed in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' when the titular duo talk about Hobbes DreamingOfThingsToCome.
* A couple of times in ''Fanfic/TheLookAlikeSeries'' by Canadibrit, a particularly noxious pizza is mentioned (so bad, Quinn slaps a Biohazard symbol on the pizza box). In the spin-off and ''Literature/HarryPotter'' crossover ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheFlakJacketMafia'', this gets amplified when it is revealed that AP ate one with blue (as in ergot-laden) garlic and spent the next little while thinking he was a lemming.

* ''Literature/{{Gone}}'': Sam, after eating canned asparagus.
* OlderThanRadio: Scrooge accuses Marley's ghost of being a food-induced nightmare (more of gravy than of grave!) in ''Literature/AChristmasCarol''.
* In Lucy Maud Montgomery's ''Literature/TheStoryGirl,'' the aimless child heroes of the narrative decide to record their dreams for a summer, and begin to deliberately eat rich food before going to bed so that they dream as vividly and crazily as possible. As a by-product, none of them sleep well and they're all cranky and irritable when awake (except for the BigEater of the group.) When [[ButtMonkey the appointed loser of the group]] accidentally poisons herself, (she lives) the children's doctor bans them from doing it.
* Brambleclaw of ''Literature/WarriorCats'' [[DiscussedTrope thinks he had one]] in the first book of ''TheNewProphecy''. In [[PsychicDreamsForEveryone reality]]...
* In one story by Creator/EphraimKishon. Which leads to a row with his wife, and the next time he dreams of [[FreudWasRight Freud]] [[AnAesop who tells him]] not to eat heavy food before sleeping. Too late!
* Literature/{{Tarzan}} experiences one after eating some bad meat in the short story "The Nightmare" in ''Jungle Tales of Tarzan''.
* ''Literature/GoneWithTheWind'': On the last night of her New Orleans honeymoon, Scarlett indulges in the rich for, only to awaken from the nightmare that has been plaguing her on and off for several years.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In a post-2002 Hallowe'en episode of ''Series/TheBasilBrushShow'' involved Basil eating cheese before going to bed and dreaming that the human characters were turning into vampires and they were all trying to get him.
* A Thanksgiving episode of ''Series/TheBernieMacShow'' has Bernie getting these after eating undercooked turkey.
* An episode of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' ended with Leonard waking up from a dream about Sheldon reproducing (by prokaryotic fission!) and deciding "That's it, no more Thai food."
** Which was also a BrickJoke referring to the events previous in the episode where Howard said he thought Sheldon would reproduce by eating so much Thai food (one of their frequent takeout choices) that he would split into two.
* An episode of ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' features Cliff having a hoagie-induced nightmare courtesy of Creator/JimHenson.
** Another, using the same setup, ended with Cliff ''giving birth'' to a 7-foot-long hoagie and a bottle of soda.
* ''Series/DadsArmy'' had an episode where Captain Mainwaring has a dream that he is Napoleon after Waterloo and Sergent Wilson is the Duke of Wellington, among others.
* One episode of ''Series/GomerPyleUSMC'' involved both Gomer and the sergeant suffering this after eating Welsh rabbit. While the nature of the nightmare is a fairly tame example - Gomer and the sergeant exchange personalities - what drives it UpToEleven is the fact that they wind up ''sleepwalking and acting it out for real''.
* On ''Series/HannahMontana'', some "Loco Hot Cocoa" causes Miley to have a nightmare which eventually turns into a DeadPersonConversation with her mother.
** A few episodes later Miley sneaking Robbie Ray's pork rinds leads to an AllJustADream episode involving Lilly having a crush on Jackson.
* ''Series/HomeImprovement'' used this several times with Tim and Polish food.
* In one episode of ''Series/ILoveLucy'', Lucy compares her friend Carolyn's modern Chinese furniture to "a bad dream you'd have after eating too much Chinese food."
* In one episode of ''Series/MadAboutYou,'' eating ostrich meat leads to a bizarre ''LaughIn'' dream.
* It's implied after the fact that this was behind most of ''Series/{{Newhart}}''.
* ''Theatre/TheOddCouple'' crossed this over with YetAnotherChristmasCarol, with Oscar, grouchy about Christmas, gets an OpinionChangingDream after refusing to participate in Felix's version of "A Christmas Carol."
* Speaking of Henson, a ''Series/SesameStreet'' sketch had Cookie Monster sleeping over with Ernie and having a nightmare about singing cookies.
* During Season 2 of the ''Series/TheSopranos'', Tony eats some bad shellfish and has an extremely long dream sequence where [[spoiler: he finally admits to himself that his friend Big Pussy (in the form of a talking fish) has become a federal informant. When he wakes up, he acts on this information and murders Pussy.]]
* ''Series/StorageWarsNewYork'' has "The Walking Bid," where Candy had tuna fish before bedtime, and she dreams the ZombieApocalypse had affected John Luke and the other buyers.
* If you can believe the DVD extras, all of ''Series/BreakingBad'' was this to the ''BumblingDad'' of ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle''.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' has these periodically.
* Creator/WinsorMcCay's ''Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend'' was an entire newspaper strip about nothing but Acid Reflux Nightmares. Rarebit, (or rabbit) incidentally, is spicy cheese sauce spread on toast; there's a folkloric link between eating cheese before going to bed and nightmares.
** The strip was adapted into possibly the first LiveActionAdaptation ever, 1906 film ''Film/DreamOfARarebitFiend''.
** [=McCay=]'s strip would later be the inspiration for Rick Veitch's comic book/dream journal ''Roarin' Rick's Rare Bit Fiends'', which in turn was parodied in ''ComicBook/CerebusTheAardvark''.
** The ''ComicStrip/LittleNemo'' strips would also sometimes end with Nemo's mother attributing his bad dreams to eating before bed.
* ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot:'' Happens occasionally, mostly due to Andy's [[LethalChef healthy dishes.]]
-->'''Jason:''' Mom's making her green pepper, garlic and tofu chili for dinner.\\
'''Peter:''' Ah, the meal of a thousand nightmares.
** One StoryArc had Jason going through the events of ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'' in a dream after being forced to watch it and eat his mother's chili (or similar bad-dream-inducing food).
** Another featured Roger going through a ''Polar Express'' parody after drinking bad eggnog.
** Yet another featured Paige going through ''Theatre/TheNutcracker''.
* [[http://johnhartstudios.com/ckennelstrips/2015/january/ckn010915dc.jpg This]] ''ComicStrip/DogsOfCKennel'' strip had Will dream that Kenny is a snake who swallows him in one gulp, before he wakes up saying, "Remind me to never again scarf down ten chili dogs before bed."
* [[http://www.gocomics.com/peanuts/1965/06/06 This]] ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' strip from 1965. [[http://www.gocomics.com/peanuts/2016/02/02 This one too.]]
* [[http://dennisthemenace.com/comics/june-10-2012/ This]] ''ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUS'' strip from 2012.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The entire premise of the NintendoDS game ''Garfield's Nightmare'' is that Garfield chowed down on way too much food before bed (actually normal for Garfield to overeat), and in his dream, he has an adventure across multiple dream worlds. Eventually, he escapes the nightmare world and comes up with a moral. The food theme continues throughout the nightmare.
* In ''VideoGame/TimeSplitters 2'', one of the arcade league missions is that a member of the Chicago Mafia who severed the hands of his victims ate too much cheese and dreamt that the severed hands came to life (With bodies made of matchsticks)and tried to kill him.
* In the 2011 release of ''VideoGame/YouDontKnowJack'', the "Nocturnal Admissions" questions would have Cookie tell the player about some crazy dream he had from eating before bed, which always seems to involve him, his cats and his mother acting out the plot of whatever movie he'd been watching earlier that night, which the player would have to guess.
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'', the 2006 [[SavingChristmas Crimbo sidequest]] starts with you eating an undercooked-potato-flavored chocolate and having weird dreams based around YetAnotherChristmasCarol.

* In ''Webcomic/CollegeRoomiesFromHell'', Mike wakes up one morning with a tentacle. He insists violently that it is really just a pizza-induced dream. Unfortunately for him...
* The first ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'' "Dave In Slumberland" strip ends with Dave waking at his desk and blaming the rarebit he had for lunch (since it's a parody of [=McCay=].)
* ''Webcomic/AnimeNewsNina'' has one strip where the background has been replaced with a trippy purple pattern and characters are clothed in UnmovingPlaid. Kevin attributes this to Nina binging on expired grocery store sushi and ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}''.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Played with in ''WebVideo/EverymanHYBRID''. Part of Evan's dream experiment involves eating various foods before bed. Pizza and hot wings don't do much, as he just dreams about a picnic with his grandmother. Grilled chicken and doritos causes him to not remember his dreams. A healthy meal causes him to dream of [[SoCoolItsAwesome roller coasters]]. Chicken salad, water, and fruit cause him to dream of [[ParanoiaFuel a town of children, all of whom disappear.]] He then dreams he's in the woods, where he hears children screaming. He also finds hanging bags full of blood. Of course, the dream comes true a few days later, suggesting SlenderMan was at work...
* In one ''WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail'', Strong Bad claimed he had a dream [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail34.html involving the United States in a pair of white cotton briefs]] after having had nothing to eat all day but thirteen pudding pops.
* This happens to Mackenzie after eating kimchi in Episode 45 of ''TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool.''

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* [[Series/{{ALF}} Gordon Shumway's]] first reaction after the trippy intro to his AnimatedAdaptation turned out to be AllJustADream is "no more tabby pot pie before bed!"
* In ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'', Jon tells this to Garfield, who has a dream where he keeps eating and growing bigger. Doesn't seem bad to Garfield, until at the end an alien abducts him and reveals that a "hunger ray" was used on him to fatten Garfield up for "alien thanksgiving". He wakes up and ''refuses'' to eat a plate of lasagna. Then eats it anyway.
** Similarly, in the children's book "Garfield's Cat Nap", Garfield eats a slice of pizza as a midnight snack to indulge himself after being given only a salad for dinner. He then has a dream about an [[FutureImperfect unpleasant future]] where all the TV sets play only exercise shows and the food comes in pill form. Kind of a subversion of the above example, in that when Garfield wakes up, he's thankful for all the normal food he can eat.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'', Helga ends up sleepwalking after eating pork rinds before bed. Twice she finds herself waking up at Arnold's house, the third time she ends up in Arnold's ''shower'', and the fourth time she almost confesses her love for him. For Helga, that's definitely a nightmare!
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers'' episode "Food of the Clods," Norbert's mix of spicy foods and cheesy fictional {{B Movie}}s causes him to become a violent sleepwalker who acts out those movies. After Norb becomes a rampaging pseudo-Valkyrie after watching ''Viking Women from Venus'', Daggett decides to fight fire with fire... except Dag accidentally becomes a flamboyant Latin American dancer after watching a commercial for a "weight loss through limbo dancing" program.
* The ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' special ''What a Nightmare, Charlie Brown'' was based on this trope. Too much pizza before bedtime, combined with his owner accusing him of being "overly civilized", causes Snoopy to dream of living the hard life of a Yukon sled dog.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Used as a FramingDevice in the second "WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror" episode.
** Also in the episode where Homer eats Police Chief Wiggum's "Guatemalan insanity pepper" chili. A bit hazy on the borderline between "nightmare" and "hallucination", but Homer does wake up at the end of his trippy journey through his subconscious (featuring Johnny Cash as the voice of his spirit advisor).
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'':
** After Jonny 2x4 wakes up in the DreamWithinADream ending of the episode "Rock-A-Bye Ed", he decides "No more free-range soybeans before bed."
** "A Glass of Warm Ed" featured Ed sleepwalking hilarious distances through the neighborhood. While it is uncertain if eating before bed caused this, as he sleepwalks Ed eats virtually everything in his path, from regular foods to Edd's cactus to Jimmy (who is thrown up later).
** While it didn't really happen while he was asleep, in the Halloween special "Ed, Edd, n Eddy's Boo-Haw-Haw", due to a combination of junk food and too many horror movies, Ed's [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} already loose grip on reality]] [[CuckooNest becomes even more unhinged,]] [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness resulting in him mistaking every kid in the neighborhood for monsters]] and viciously attacking them.
*** It then became a real nightmare for Edd and Eddy, who, for some reason, were the target of children's payback.
** Also referenced in "Dueling Eds", which opens with a kung fu school scam, where Eddy uses a mirror trick to make it look like he's created copies of himself. Of course, Jonny was awake at the time, but still.
-->'''Jonny:''' I think I'm reliving that expired tofu, Plank.
* In the episode "[[Recap/JusticeLeagueS2E5And6OnlyADream Only A Dream]]" from ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', Flash initially assumes he's having one of these when he's trapped in a dream by {{supervillain}} Dr. Destiny:
-->'''Flash''' (to Destiny): See you next time I have too many jalapenos.
* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', we have this line when Supergirl is having weird dreams possibly linked to Cadmus:
-->'''ComicBook/GreenArrow:''' This whole trip might just prove the kid shouldn't eat nachos before bed.
-->'''ComicBook/TheQuestion:''' Peanut butter sandwiches.
-->'''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}:''' How did- what, do you go through my ''trash''?
-->'''The Question:''' ''Please''. [[ConspiracyTheorist I go through ]]''[[ConspiracyTheorist everyone's]]'' [[ConspiracyTheorist trash]].
* WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}} has one after he eats too much candy and cake, and nods off while listening to his sister's fairy tales.
** An earlier episode reveals that eating hazenpfeifer ice cream gives Muffy these.
** In another episode, Buster says that if he eats pepperoni before bed, he dreams that penguins are after him.
* One ''WesternAnimation/{{Gumby}}'' cartoon has Father Time accidentally causing various time-related problems for the world because he ate too many sweets before bed.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheWeekenders'' had two examples where Tino would have a dream that ended with Martin Van Buren on a toy train shouting "Down with the cotton gin! Down with the cotton gin!"
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', Billy feeds himself, Grim and Mandy rotted pizza. HilarityEnsues in their respective dreams.
** It was sort of subverted with Mandy's dream, a parody of the ''A Night on Bald Mountain'' sequence from ''Fantasia'', as she was in place of Chernabog. It probably would have been a nightmare for anyone but [[CreepyChild Mandy]]. (When she wakes up, she even eats the last piece of the pizza.)
* At the end of the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Love Thy Trophy," after overindulging on pancakes, Stewie has a ''Literature/{{Trainspotting}}''-esque nightmare where he sees himself crawling on the ceiling of his room.
* ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine'' - Frankenstein's monster rises from a lab table, gulps down some serum in a test tube, starts to quake, then, BOOM - turns into John Lennon.
-->'''John:''' Hey Ringo, I just had the strangest dream.
-->'''Ringo:''' I warned you about eating on an empty stomach.
* Tails occasionally has problems with these in ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StreetSharks'', when the brothers are StrappedToAnOperatingTable and about to be gene-slammed, the one hopes briefly that this is all a bad dream caused by a burrito he ate last night.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Stoked}}'': In "The Reefinator", Broseph gets food poisoning which causes him to have a YetAnotherChristmasCarol dream involving sandwiches.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfsAChristmasCarol'', Grouchy tells the Smurf of Christmas Past that she's a figment of his indigestion.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Apples are said by some people to have an effect similar to that of Welsh rarebit if eaten too close to bedtime.
* A common story is that eating cheese close to going to bed will give a person nightmares.
* It's commonly claimed that Creator/SalvadorDali ate Camembert cheese before sleeping to [[InvokedTrope intentionally invoke]] this effect, [[BasedOnADream to inspire future paintings]].
* An Irish Young Scientist Exhibition stand once concluded that eating cheese before bed did cause nightmares, even though the students behind the stand were skeptical of the saying from the outset.
* As discussed on ''{{QI}}'', cheese purportedly gives one good dreams, or at least a good night's sleep, due to its concentration of milk's tryptophan content. Tryptophan is the amino acid that is associated with the myth of causing sleepiness after Thanksgiving dinner, as it's a major component of serotonin, the feel-good neurotransmitter of the year. In the interest of full disclosure, the study in which this was discovered was sponsored by the British Cheese Board.
* In the Middle Ages, rye bread was often contaminated with the ergot fungus. Eating this before going to sleep is similar to going to sleep after taking LSD[[note]]not a coincidence; LSD is derived from ergot[[/note]] and can cause some fairly horrific nightmares.
** Really, eating ergot-contaminated bread at ''any time'' is going to mess you up.
** No wonder they were worried about demons and witches.
** The Salem Witch Trials were thought to have been brought on in part by grain contaminated by ergot.
* If you actually suffer from acid reflux and get it while you're sleeping (which is pretty much inevitable), you may have strange dreams based on the pain and nausea before finally waking up.
* Even if you have bad or strange dreams no more often than usual, sleeping poorly thanks to indigestion could make you more likely to remember them.