The affect of sugar

2 years, 1 month ago

I have a question for you all. Every single time i eat a high amount of sugar (like candy and stuff) just an hour or so before sleep I get nightmares. And not just the once just kind of just forget about after waking up but the real bad once. So I wondered do any of you know why?
Or do anybody know something about what sugar does to the brain – how does it affect the brain?

December 13, 2012 at 5:46 am

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Profile photo of Alex Alex (@staylucky) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

@puff, It’s one of those things that seem really obvious but I couldn’t give you an exact answer. I would however imagine that it has something to do with the glucose making your blood-sugar levels spike and causing all that energy bursting around inside your dormant body to manifest into anxiety.

When you get a sugar rush you feel really aware and hyped up. So I can only imagine that when your brain is trying to rest it’s getting some crazy kick start from the sugar it’s just processed.

Anyone else feel free to correct me if you know anything. I’m just guessing.

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Profile photo of Pernille Pernille (@puff) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

@staylucky, year I guess but I was kind of looking for a scientific explanation to it. But thank you very much for your answer anyway.

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

@puff, that’s interesting.

In general, sugar increases serotonin production, and increased levels can affect a person’s dreams. Some of my patients have told me about changes they experienced on SSRI meds. That’s one possibility.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1046/j.1365-2869.2001.00249.x/pdf

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