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Chocolate dreams.

CHOCOLATE may aggravate a sleep disorder in which people act out violent nightmares.

About one in 200 people, mostly men, suffer from the condition, called rapid eye movement sleep behaviour disorder, or RBD.

A patient who lashed out during recurrent dreams in which he tried to protect his home against intruders first alerted researchers to the chocolate link.

The outbursts happened when the man had eaten chocolate biscuits, ice cream or syrup.

Robert Vorona, of Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Virginia, USA, said the problems started after the patient suffered head injuries in an accident. But chocolate made the symp-toms much worse, New Scientist magazine reports. He suggests chocolate might help block a natural process that paralyses sleepers when they dream.
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Date:Apr 4, 2002
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