Robinson Dental - April 2022

Can Eating Food Before Bed Cause Nightmares? FACT OR FICTION:

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.

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. 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. Meet This Month’s Charities! COOPERSVILLE CARES AND CHRISTIAN NEIGHBORS

Hello, Robinson Dental family! As you may know, every month, we feature one or two charities to match donations as well as include into our referral program. For every person you refer, we’ll donate $25 to both charities in your name. This program has been immensely successful over the years, and it’s all thanks to you! This month, our wonderful featured nonprofits are Coopersville Cares, a local food pantry among many other services, and Wayland Area Christian Neighbors Food Pantry. It’s hard to imagine that every day, people in our local area are going to school, work, or bed while hungry. These programs are a direct link to helping these families in need.

Cares to continue eating well every week — even up to nearly 100 families. This past February, 61% of their families were senior citizens. Unfortunately, not all seniors qualify for SNAP food assistance when they need it most. This organization provides more than food, though! Coopersville Cares also offers low-income families with financial assistance toward rent, utilities, and transportation expenses. Wayland Area Christian Neighbors Food Pantry is part of the Christian Neighbors nonprofit organization, which, much like Coopersville Cares, provides many services for low-income families, including a food bank! They distribute purchased and donated food to low-income families in the Wayland area. The organization’s other services include rental payments, utility assistance, medical expenses, and prescription costs (but not pain, narcotic, or controlled substances) for residents of Plainwell, Otsego, and Martin school districts. Don’t be shy and give us a call to donate! We’ll match up to $5,000 in donations. Remember that when you refer your friends and family and they get their first appointment with Robinson Dental, we’ll donate $25 to both organizations in your name. Thanks so much, and have a wonderful month!

Here’s a little bit more information about each of these organizations.

Coopersville Cares is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to serving low- income families. They’re most known for their formidable food bank (which includes a mobile food bank) as well their clothing closet. Over 50 families rely on Coopersville


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