Boo! Halloween is so close you can feel it at the tip of your fingers! Burger King is one of many US companies eager to join the celebration and it’s ready to offer a brand-new Nightmare burger that not only looks scary but can make you feel scared, too. Is it the truth or just an exaggerated myth? Let’s find it out now!
Starting from October 22, Burger King has been selling its new burger timed to Halloween. It looks Halloween-like indeed – green buns, breaded chicken cutlet, pieces of bacon and cheese, and grilled beef steak. However, as Burger King representatives state, it’s not the way it looks that should impress (and scare) you most but the way you’re going to feel after it.
How Does It Work?
According to the Nightmare King (the official name of the new burger) release, the foods in the burger are arranged in a special way which increases the chances of seeing a nightmare. To be substantive, Burger King reps organized a study and offered 100 people to participate. For 10 nights in a row, the participants were eating a Nightmare King before going to bed. While they were sleeping, their heart rate was measured and their brain activity was analyzed.
What Results Have Been Received?
Dr. Jose Gabriel Medina was supervising the research and has come to the conclusion that those who eat the burger before going to bed see 3.5 times more nightmares than other people. While, on average, every night about 4% of all humans see nightmares, those who indulge in the scary burger dramatically increase their chances of waking up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat.
As Dr. Medina says, it’s a special combination of cheese and protein in the burger that leads to the break of the rapid eye movement sleep (the phase during which we see the biggest part of all our dreams), causing nightmares.
Is It True?
Stephanie Pappas from LiveScience, however, can’t agree with the results of Burger King Research and has decided to start her own one. According to her words, the restaurant chain study has never been published in any science magazine nor there any other proofs that fast-food can cause nightmares. On the contrary, some studies have proved that burgers and French fries make our dreams not so bright and help us see fewer nightmares.