There has been an old wive’s tale in existence for generations which states that eating cheese before bedtime can lead to nightmares. It obviously sounds outlandish, but is this really all a bunch of baloney, or is there some truth to it? A team of researchers with the British Cheese Board decided to find out.
While the Board concluded that cheese did not, in fact, lead to
nightmares in study participants, they did arrive upon some very
interesting results – different cheeses seemed to affect the types of
dreams that participants experienced.
The study, known as the Cheese & Dreams study, consisted of 200
individuals, 100 male and 100 female, who were all given 20 grams of
cheese half an hour before they went to bed. Six cheese types were used,
and participants were assigned to a specific type. The study lasted for
one week, and during this week, participants were asked to record their
dreams, as well as to note the quality of their sleep.
For just a few examples, female volunteers reported relaxing,
pleasant dreams after eating British Brie. However, men who ate this
cheese reported dreams that were cryptic in nature. Both males and
females reported a restful night’s sleep after eating Red Leicester – 60
percent of the participants reported that they dreamt of happy
childhood memories. Eating Cheshire cheese was associated with nice
sleep and minimal dreams, and Stilton induced vivid, off-the-wall dreams
in 85 percent of female volunteers.
Dreams aside, eating cheese can be a highly healthy experience –
provided you choose the right type. Even if you stay away from processed
cheese products – which are laden with chemicals and are not at all the
same as real cheese – most conventional cheeses on the market are made
with milk from GMO-fed cows.
if you choose real, organic cheese, preferably made by a local artisan,
you can hit the jackpot in both flavor and nutrition. Real cheese
contains protein and calcium, as well as vitamins A, B2, B12 and D. It
also boasts minerals including magnesium and phosphorus.
So, to test out whether the results of this zany study may apply to
you, why not try it? Enjoy a piece of your favorite organic cheese
before bedtime, keep a dream journal handy, and see if your dreams get a
little crazy with Stilton too!
-The Alternative Daily