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QUESTION: I'm quite fond of Type-A beneficial pumpkin seeds and peanuts, but I do wonder what component they contain that would cause intense dreams, followed by wakefulness. This has occurred often enough to be more than mere coincidence (even with organic, additive free peanut butter!) Any thoughts?
ANSWER: A search of the USDA food composition database shows that both peanuts and pumpkin seeds contain significant amounts of the amino acids glutamic acid, glycine and arginine. Also, both peanut and pumpkin seeds are significant sources of the minerals phosphorus and potassium.
Any and all of these nutritional components could possibly effect the sleep cycle or influence the intensity of one's dreams.
I have no words of wisdom to offer you, other than to keep the peanuts and pumpkin seeds limited to mornings and afternoons, where you will at least only 'day dream'!