Thursday, December 29, 2005

Ahh the Power of Cheese !

I am a consummate cheese lover, no doubt about it. I am also trained as a scientist.

So why didn't I come up with the idea of combining the two ? Darn.

But seriously, this British study on the effect of cheese on sleep contains several gems, not the least of which is the title: Sweet Dreams are made of Cheese.
A lot of people still believe the old wives tale that cheese gives you nightmares but this study endorses the scientific facts.

“ 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.

85% of females who ate Stilton had some of the most unusual dreams of the whole study. 65% of people eating Cheddar dreamt about celebrities, over 65% of participants eating Red Leicester revisited their schooldays, all female participants who ate British Brie had nice relaxing dreams whereas male participants had cryptic dreams, two thirds of all those who ate Lancashire had a dream about work and over half of Cheshire eaters had a dreamless sleep.
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What is particularly interesting is the reported effect different types of British cheese have on influencing the content of dreams. It seems that selecting the type of cheese you eat before bedtime may help determine the very nature of often colourful and vivid cheese induced dreams”

And let's not forget the cheese by cheese analysis of induced dreams, consider my favorite British cheese:
Stilton -eating participants enjoyed their sleep too – over two thirds had good sleep experiences during five out of the seven nights. However, if you want some vivid or crazy dreams, the King of British cheeses is the one for you – particularly if you are female. While 75% of men in this category experienced odd and vivid dreams, a massive 85% of females who ate Stilton had some of the most bizarre dreams of the whole study – although none were described as bad experiences. Highlights included talking soft toys, lifts that move sideways, a vegetarian crocodile upset because it could not eat children, dinner party guests being traded for camels, soldiers fighting with each other with kittens instead of guns and a party in a lunatic asylum.
Can some new figures of speech be far behind ? "She be straight-trippin' off the Stilton, man."

I'll have to jump quickly on combining my weakness for single-malt scotch with my scientific training. Then, as soon as I get funding, it's off to the liquor store.

3 Comments:

Blogger Sparky said...

I saw that article and ran out to get a stinky wedge of Stilton... No crazier than my normal visions of sugarplums--sugarplums with lasers coming out of their navels... Tonight I'm going for a brie/chedder mix...

2:46 PM  
Anonymous ebogjonson said...

This is pretty hilarious. I have to report though that the king of vivid dream inducement in my experience is the nicotine patch. When I was quitting smoking my dreams were COMPLETELY bananas, had Hollywood style beginnings and ends also came in bright, plastic red-yello-green primary colors.

10:30 AM  
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