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Spicy Food Nightmares?

Bushel-of-Red-Chili-PeppersWho knew that the tongue-tingling hot pot you devoured at Han Dynasty last night was the cause of your T-Rex and chainsaw massacrist nightmare?

Lisa Medalie, a clinical associate of psychiatry at University of Chicago Hospitals, notes that “if our bodies are working hard to digest heavy or spicy foods, it interferes with sleep continuity.” Heightened metabolism and body temperature can lead to more brain activity, prompting more action during rapid eye movement sleep (REM).

See the full scoop at NBCNews.com’s “The Body Odd” column.

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