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Subject: Better dreaming through cheese
Category: Health > Alternative
Asked by: ghammond-ga
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Posted: 16 Sep 2005 06:53 PDT
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Question ID: 568693
I am interested in regulating my dreams by eating various combinations
of cheese before bedtime. Can you suggest some different cheeses and
their effects and how they are likely to work together? Thanks!
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Subject: Re: Better dreaming through cheese
From: elids-ga on 16 Sep 2005 08:22 PDT
Funny you'd ask that, this was in the news just a couple of days
ago... for more of the same just google (in the news section): cheese

Different cheese brings different dreams
London, September 12, 2005

A new research claims that different types of cheese can give you
different kinds of dreams. Hence, if you wish to bring on nostalgia,
do not forget to eat Red Leicester before you retire for the night.

The British Cheese Board, which conducted a study on 200 volunteers,
found that while 'Red Leicester' brings on nostalgia, 'Stilton' leads
to the oddest, and eating 'Cheshire' means no dreams at all, reports
the Mirror.

Around eight in 10 who ate 20g of 'Stilton' before bed had bizarre
visions in their sleep?

A typical one involved a vegetarian crocodile upset because it could
not eat children, and another was of troops fighting with kittens
rather than guns.

Almost seven in 10 who had 'Cheddar' dreamt of celebrities, while 'Red
Leicester' brought back the past memories to six in 10.

More than six in 10 on 'Lancashire' cheese had visions of work while
half who had the Cheshire variety dreamt of nothing.

Though conventional belief claims that eating cheese before bed brings
nightmares, researchers today promote this habit as they feel it's
good for health.

"One of its amino acids reduces stress and induces sleep," the paper
quoted The Dairy Council's Dr Judith Bryans as saying.

Cheesy experiment results in sweet dreams:-
LONDON | September 12, 2005 10:12:10 PM IST

British researchers have shot holes in the old wives' tale that eating
cheese before going to bed will bring on nightmares.

The British Cheese Board had 200 volunteers eat a 20-gram piece of
various cheeses 30 minutes before retiring for seven consecutive
nights, Sky News said. In total, 72 percent of the volunteers said
they slept very well every night and 67 percent remembered their

Nobody reported bad dreams, but the study found the type of cheese
seemed to have an effect on the type of dreams the volunteers recorded
in their diaries.

Of those who ate Cheddar, 65 percent of volunteers reported dreaming
about celebrities, including Johnny Depp. Stilton caused the craziest
dreams, with 75 percent of men and 85 percent of women eating Stilton
recalling odd and vivid dreams.

It's unclear where the cheese and nightmares myth originated, although
it has been linked to the Charles Dickens' character, Scrooge, who
blamed a crumb of cheese on his night-time visitations in A Christmas
Subject: Re: Better dreaming through cheese
From: myoarin-ga on 16 Sep 2005 08:53 PDT
Now why would the British Cheese Board have conducted that study?  Very canny!
I hope the French equivalent organisation quickly responds with a
study that expands the choice of dreams.  Who wants nostalgia, bizarre
visions, celebrities, or visions of work?  The well-read Brits knew
that Cheshire related to that cat in Alice in Wonderland  - just a
smile -  nothing to dream about.
Ah, but those nice soft and aromatic French cheeses!  ...
Then the Italians can do a study, and the Dutch, too; and the
Norwegian can tell us that their goat cheese gives rise to Viking
images of invading Britain, and the Swedes can try to explain what
"gammelost" (very stinky, if not putrid) makes them dream about -
maybe an aquavit to wash it down.  ;)
Subject: Re: Better dreaming through cheese
From: ghammond-ga on 16 Sep 2005 09:03 PDT
Wow, thanks elids-ga!
Subject: Re: Better dreaming through cheese
From: elids-ga on 16 Sep 2005 11:43 PDT
ha ha that was funny Myoarin  :-) it hadn't occur to me but you are
probably right... there might've been a hidden agenda here, after all
they only used their cheese.... wonder what happens with goat
cheese... "the Swedes can try to explain what "gammelost" (very
stinky, if not putrid) makes them dream about - maybe an aquavit to
wash it down.  ;)"   this thing is probably raindeer cheese... lol
aquavit never heard of that before sounds like vodka to me.

pleasure ghammond
Subject: Re: Better dreaming through cheese
From: myoarin-ga on 17 Sep 2005 03:51 PDT

Well, a couple of sites say that gammelost ("old cheese") is
Norwegian, but in my family with parents from both countries, we
learned that it was Swedish.
The aquavit was just my idea, but again, both sites recommend it.
You are right, Elids, it is virtually vodka, sometimes flavored with carroway.
Subject: Re: Better dreaming through cheese
From: elids-ga on 17 Sep 2005 06:23 PDT
Huh, I wondered about goat cheese for the fun of it really didn't know
gammelost was goat cheese. Now that I read the description of this
cheese think I've tried it years ago, if not that a very similar
one.... it's good cheese except for the crust. Had no idea it was a
nordic product, good info thanx Myoarin.


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