Medlin Law Firm - April 2022

Fact or Fiction: Can Eating Food Before Bed Cause Nightmares?

As a kid, your parents probably said that eating before bed was bad for you, but is that really true? Recent data shows that it just might be.

For example, the International Journal of Psychophysiology conducted a study where participants added Tabasco sauce or mustard to a meal they ate before bed. Their study found that this addition affected the quality of sleep that night, since spicy food can cause your body temperature to rise, release heat, and induce restlessness. To top it off, Harvard Medical School found that conditions that wake you up during your sleep can influence your ability to recall dreams, making it easier to remember any potential nightmares. If you want a snack before bed, fruit is the best option. Grapes contain sleep hormones such as melatonin, which helps you fall asleep faster. Bananas are another option because potassium can calm and de-stress your muscles before bed. While more research is needed to connect your choice of midnight snacks or late-night dinners to nightmares, it’s easy to see that sweets and spicy dishes won’t help you get better sleep each night.

The Studies The University of Montreal discovered a correlation between late-night eating and nightmares in 2015, with 9.5% of their participants saying that they had bad dreams when they ate before going to bed. Another study by the Journal of the Mind and Body found that sugary sweets such as ice cream and candy bars can increase brain activity. During this increase after eating sugary foods, 70% of their participants experienced nightmares. However, Stanford University for Sleep Sciences and Medicine explains that this isn’t always siloed to sweets; other kinds of late-night snacks may cause nightmares as well. The Findings If you’re eating food containing spices, sugar, or dairy, this can trigger more brain waves in your sleep, making it more difficult to rest.

The Police Contacted Me — NowWhat? SPEAKWITH YOUR ATTORNEY FIRST!

If law enforcement contact you to come down to the police station to answer a few questions, here is what you should do.

them the police called you. Your attorney should also be present when you decide to speak with law enforcement.

Types of Questionings If a police officer wants to question you, they must explain your rights. These requirements can vary depending on the situation the police are asking you about. 1. A voluntary encounter is the type of questioning that doesn’t need proof or a warrant. Since it’s voluntary, you’re free to leave whenever you want. 2. Temporary detention can occur if the police officer has a “reasonable suspicion” that you’re involved in a crime they are investigating. 3. If law enforcement has probable cause, they can make an arrest . Even if you’re innocent of the crime, they can still take action if they think the evidence links you to the crime. ‘We Just Want To Talk’ If law enforcement calls you to answer a few questions, they often think you’re connected to the crime. If you’re innocent, you may answer questions that can hurt you. If the police ever contact you, you have the right to remain silent — even if you’re under suspicion. Afterward, you should immediately contact your attorney and tell

What if You Talk to LawEnforcementWithout anAttorney? A few things could go wrong if you decide to speak to a police officer without your attorney present: • Even if you’re innocent, you might say something that can be used to find you guilty . Anything you tell the police can be used against you in a court of law. • Everything you say to law enforcement will be analyzed and torn apart. You could lie or misspeak , which will bring more suspicion on you.

• Whatever you discuss with law enforcement could be misunderstood — even if you have an alibi or no criminal record.

If the police have contacted you to answer a few questions, allowyour friends at Medlin Law Firm to assist you. We will be happy to defend you and help navigate your discussion with law enforcement. We can oftentimes have the case dropped or prevent your arrest. Give us a call today and we can help you navigate this issue.

The bottom line is this: NEVER talk or answer any questions without an attorney! | Pg. 2

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