The other day, a friend of mine told me that consuming garlic causes both he and his sister to have nightmares. I decided to do some Googling to see if “garlic nightmares” were a commonly experienced thing. I didn’t find much, but there were a few people who claim garlic affects their dreams.
One person mentioned a possible connection between garlic and the strange dream she’d had the night before, saying “I think I had too much garlicky pesto for lunch yesterday. Perhaps I’ve inherited the garlic/nightmares connection from my mother.”
On a forum about MSG, someone said: “I have been looking for a link between food and my having nightmares for a while now. However, I have not found MSG to be my problem but have found it to be garlic instead.”
Someone else says, “Garlic causes me to have weird dreams and lousy sleep.”
Spicy foods, chocolate, and fatty foods in general are believed to cause nightmares if consumed before bed, but garlic isn’t usually named as a food to avoid if you want sweet dreams.
Post your comments here if you have noticed a connection between garlic and nightmares. I’d love to see how many people out there believe garlic is causing not just bad breath but bad dreams, too!