I don't eat fish that often.  So when I do I never think about this till the next morning.  But when I wake up the morning after eating fish I always think to myself, "Man, I had some crazy dreams last night that seemed to last all night.".  Then I remember it's cause I ate fish!

I've done the research and tried to figure out if this is something that happens to most people or just me.  From what I can tell, it's not common.  Of course.  It's just me.  SMH.

This article on eatthis.com talks about 17 foods that cause bad dreams.  Fish is not one of them.

According to this story on vice.com, there is a certain fish that will give you terrible nightmares.  But it's a small species in the Indian Ocean.  I'm not a world traveler.  I'm eating a Friday night walleye fish fry.

My theory has always been it's the mercury in the fish that causes me to have weird dreams.  With no clue if that is could actually happen it's what I went with.  My "research"...has produced nothing but stories about other foods that cause bad dreams.  Oh, and I should say, the dreams aren't bad dreams when I eat fish.  In fact sometimes they are really, really good.  If you know what I mean.  They are just vivid dreams that seem to last all night.

Does fish do this to anybody else out there?  Am I the only one that is crazy...in this way?  If you experience the same thing shoot me a message on the I-Rock 93.5 app or on our Facebook page.  Maybe we'll start a research project together.  And try some of that mind-altering "dream fish".


I am not alone.  You are not alone.  We are not alone.  I should have been posting all the emails and messages over the years of this story cause I keep getting them from around the world.  Here are a few:

From Teal.

Early this morning I came across your article regarding consuming  fish and then having wild and vivid dreams all night.

I was googling it because I ate salmon last night, and I had some CRAZY dreams. I barely slept at all!

I too rarely eat fish. In fact, I've just started consuming fish and meat after being vegetarian for 10 years, so I KNOW that's what caused it. I was surprised that I couldn't find any other documentation on the subject other than your article.

From Sonia.

I ran across your article about vivid dreams related to eating certain fish. I eat a lot of seafood and last night, I had eaten some octopus pretty late. I had one of the longest, most vivid dreams ever. It was so bizarre.

I saw that you were interested in connecting with people that had similar experiences. I've always attributed bizarre dreaming with certain types of seafood and in my case, its always related to eating octopus. I'm wondering if its the ink or the meat of the cephalopod.

From Lisa on Facebook.

I just read your article about having dreams from eating fish. Well I have been eating fresh fish that was caught from a bay where we live and I have night mares or wired dreams and I swear it’s every time I eat fish. I had red snapper the other night and I that night I had weird dreams. So I was researching does fish give you bad dreams. And I stumbled on yours I think it does. I can’t explain why.

Just got this one from Doug on Facebook:

Hi there, just googled crazy dreams from eating fish. This is definitely a thing. I’ve been on holiday in Singapore and Malaysia for the past two weeks and have been eating a lot more fish than normal. My dreaming has got to the point where I no longer feel rested after a whole night’s sleep, due to the crazy and vivid dreams.
My brother was lucky enough to spend some time on a boat/hotel in Dusky Sound, Fiordland, New Zealand a couple of years ago, they mostly ate what they caught from the sea. When it was time to go home he gave his seat on the helicopter to another person who had to leave early due to a family emergency. This meant he had to stay for an extra 4 nights. After the second night of the extended stay, the boat captain asked him if he’d started to have crazy vivid dreams. He confirmed he had. The captain said it happens to everyone who stays long enough, due to the seafood.

This one from Khameelah pretty much sums it up.

fish dreams, mad shit.


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