Remember the old myth about how eating cheese gives you nightmares? Well, it’s not true! The British Cheese Board recently did an in depth cheese and dream study that revealed eating cheese before bed can help cheese lovers get a good night’s sleep.
The study even found that different cheeses cause different types of dreams.
Of the 200 volunteers who participated in the week-long study, 72% slept well every night, 67% remembered their dreams and none recorded experiencing nightmares after eating a 20g piece of cheese half an hour before going to sleep.
“ One of the amino acids in cheese – tryptophan – has been shown to reduce stress and induce sleep so cheese may actually help you have a good night’s sleep,” says Dr Judith Bryans, Nutrition Scientist at The Dairy Council.
The old myth about cheese and nightmares may have originated from Ebenezer Scrooge, who blamed “a crumb of cheese” on his night time visitations in “A Christmas Carol.”
Nigel White, British Cheese Board secretary wants everyone to know Scrooge’s own miserly behavior caused his dreams:
“Now that our Cheese & Dreams study has finally debunked the myth that cheese gives you nightmares we hope that people will think more positively about eating cheese before bed!
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