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Basic Trope: Eating too much before bed gives a character nightmares.

  • Straight: Bob eats too much spicy food before bed and has horrible nightmares.
  • Exaggerated: Bob eats a single M&M before bed and has a horrible nightmare that lasts the rest of the series.
  • Downplayed: Bob eats a little too much before bedtime has a mildly weird dream.
  • Justified: The spice on Bob's food has hallucinogenic properties, which start affecting Bob once he falls asleep.
  • Inverted:
    • Eating before bed gives Bob good dreams.
    • Having a nightmare causes Bob to wake up needing to use the bathroom.
  • Subverted: Bob eats too much before bed, and dreams about monsters, but the monsters quickly turn into hot girls.
  • Double Subverted:: The hot girls then start trying to torture and kill Bob.
  • Parodied: Before Bob goes to bed, he opens a box with the label "Nightmare Fuel" attached to it. The box is filled with spicy food.
  • Zigzagged: Bob eats too much before bed. His dreams alternate between being good or bad.
  • Averted: Bob does not have any nightmares.
  • Enforced: The director wanted to warn viewers that is not healthy to eat too much before bed.
  • Lampshaded: "Didn't I tell you that eating that junk before bed would give you bad dreams?"
  • Invoked: Bob wants a weird dream so he eats as crazily as possible trying to get a crazy dream.
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  • Exploited: Alice wants to ruin Bob's sleep, so she adds extra spice into his supper knowing it will give him bad dreams.
  • Defied: Bob doesn't eat anything before bed in order to avoid any potential nightmares.
  • Discussed: "Bob always has a bad dream after eating too many jalapenos."
  • Conversed: "I remember having a dream like that after eating too much Havarti before bed."
  • Implied:
    • Bob eats something weird and later complains about having trouble sleeping at night.
    • When Bob wakes up from his nightmare, he is holding an empty food container or wrapper.
  • Played For Drama: Bob has just been through a personal tragedy, but can't eat his choice of comfort food at night or he'll suffer horrific nightmares.

Are you gonna eat all that?! Watch out! You don't wanna get an Acid Reflux Nightmare!

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