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Cheese Can Cause Nightmares
Status: Old wives' tale disproven by science
At last I can return to my nocturnal cheese-eating ways, now that I know eating the stuff won't cause me nightmares... Actually I had never heard any rumor associating cheese with nightmares, but apparently researchers at The Dairy Council had, because they designed an experiment to disprove the fallacy. With the help of 200 volunteers they determined "cheese may actually help you have a good night's sleep." But stay away from Stilton, which caused an uptick in odd and vivid dreams. Cheddar made people dream about Jordan and Johnny Depp (which sounds to me like nightmare material).
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Posted by The Curator on Tue Sep 20, 2005


The cheese thing is in the start of _A Christmas Carol_, if I remember correctly.
Posted by cvirtue  on  Tue Sep 20, 2005  at  05:37 PM
I heard a report on this study on NPR, and what was interesting was that the researchers claimed that eating different kinds of cheese (they only tested British cheeses) caused different sorts of dreams. If this is true, you could potentially tailor your dinner according to what you want to dream about. "Hmm, I'd like to see camels, bears, and sheep ... I'll have the Camembert, with a small slice of Manchego."
Posted by Big Gary in Dallas  in  Dallas, Texas  on  Tue Sep 20, 2005  at  06:26 PM
hmm...i think i need to get myself some cheddar....
Posted by Razela  in  Chicago, IL  on  Tue Sep 20, 2005  at  06:33 PM
Velveeta will make you dream about the Museum of Hoaxes.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Tue Sep 20, 2005  at  08:02 PM
Ahh Velveeta. if ever there was a hoax cheese it would be the stuff. Mmmm.. processed cheese-food.
Posted by Zoe  on  Tue Sep 20, 2005  at  10:16 PM
"Velveeta will make you dream about the Museum of Hoaxes."

Oh is that why I keep having recurring dreams of you and a....oh wait, nevermind. TMI. wink
Posted by Winona  in  USA  on  Wed Sep 21, 2005  at  12:06 AM
I thought chocolate (has caffeine) was bad before bed - and spicy things.

When I was pregnant, eating anything fried before bed had me tossing and turning...
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Wed Sep 21, 2005  at  06:55 AM
Salvador Dali used to eat cheese sandwiches late at night to make his dreams more vivid, so he could paint them, or something. One of his paintings is even of a big cheese sandwich. 100% fact.
Posted by Steevil  on  Wed Sep 21, 2005  at  09:02 AM
Chocolate does not have much caffeine, it does have theobromine, which is a molecule very similar to caffeine. In some people, it acts in much the same way. I know it does in me.

Spicy things maybe or maybe not. They might increase your metabolism, which means it will be harder to get to sleep, or they might aggravate heartburn, ditto. And all bets are off when pregnant.
Posted by cvirtue  in  deleted  on  Wed Sep 21, 2005  at  09:06 AM
God... I love cheese.

It has so many uses.
Posted by Soldant  in  Australia  on  Wed Sep 21, 2005  at  10:07 AM
"...One of his paintings is even of a big cheese sandwich."

If you want to dream about cheese sandwiches, it would definitely be advisable to eat cheese.
Posted by Big Gary in Dallas  in  Dallas, Texas  on  Wed Sep 21, 2005  at  12:23 PM
I've always been told that eating cheese gives you nightmares, maybe its a British thing?
Posted by Owen  in  UK  on  Wed Sep 21, 2005  at  02:04 PM
Salvador Dali was a nut. He used to kick his sister in the head to see what it felt like, and throw himself down stairs for the attention.
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Wed Sep 21, 2005  at  02:15 PM
Last night I had some mozzarella, and dreamed I found an antique harmonium at a yard sale.
Posted by steve  in  richmond va  on  Wed Sep 21, 2005  at  02:42 PM
I read this the other day on Fark. I ate Cheddar that night and Gene Hackman was in a dream I had. Seriously! Why Gene Hackman I don't know, we were hanging out in Vegas.

The thought of a celebrity appearing in my dream may have been in my subconscieous or something, but I did find it odd.

I'm gonna get some Stilton and go for some of them psychedelic dreams next.
Posted by kevin  in  SC  on  Thu Sep 22, 2005  at  01:28 PM
Cheese causes nightmares? This is an old old tale.

See these old comics: http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Hills/3874/silas1.html

"Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend"
(you don't know Rarebit? cheese sauce on toast.)
Posted by Katey  on  Thu Sep 22, 2005  at  10:37 PM
Psychedelic Velveeta! Causes our listeners to see colors.
Posted by Psychedelic Velveeta!  in  Fargo  on  Wed Nov 09, 2005  at  07:09 PM
whoa this is sweet. i didnt ever hear about this like rumor until my teacher said it randomly in class and then not even thinking about it i just grabbed mac and cheese at like 11:30 tonight because i didnt have anything for dinner yet and i was like. shit. so i google searched it and found this.

velveeta sounds sweeeeeet. like tripping on... cheese.

oh and i wouldnt mind dreaming about johnny depp.

"God... I love cheese.

It has so many uses."

omg you're my hero lol. i dont love cheese or anything but that was just so random and hilarious.
Posted by yo mama  on  Sat Nov 12, 2005  at  12:36 AM
I ate cheese last night and had a dream that a teacher was shouting at me, I woke up and I was crying! It was chedder but there were no celebs, come to think of it the teacher was wearing pants that were ruby-red, the same material dorathys slippers were made out of in oz! All the time she was shouting I was thinking "those trousers are aweful"
Posted by warmy  in  England  on  Fri Dec 16, 2005  at  07:59 AM
I totally LOVE cheese! cheese
Posted by Shah  in  Singapore  on  Thu Jan 26, 2006  at  02:03 PM
i like cheese
Posted by cheeseman  in  limerick  on  Sun Feb 26, 2006  at  06:09 PM
after reading the bit about the study on cheese i decided to try it for myself - i have had nightmares every night since then, which is really odd, as id never had any before - its a lot better then not sleeping.
Posted by lol  on  Fri May 18, 2007  at  03:00 PM
You actually think the Dairy Council would admit that cheese causes nightmares if it did? That may be the equivalent of doctors and researchers working for tobacco industries saying smoking doesn't cause cancer. However, the opposite may be equally unproveable. The start of the rumour/belief/urban legend may be the result of anecdotal evidence, inasmuch as eating cheese before bedtime may cause nightmares in *some* people. As a kid, I used to get nightmares if I ever ate cheese within an hour or so of going to bed. That continued right up to about age 40; it seems to have been reduced to about 75% of the time. Again, anecdotal, not real evidence.
Posted by SigPig  in  Toronto  on  Wed May 23, 2007  at  06:30 PM
I think that the cheese myth is true. I ate a load of parmesan cheese and grapes late at night and had a bad dream, which is bizzare because I rarely ever do (and remember it). It was a terrible dream indeed.
Posted by Brosnan  in  Toronto  on  Thu Aug 16, 2007  at  02:16 AM
ive been looking up what causes nightmares cuz i want to have one on purpose
i know it sounds crazy but im going to write a book of my experiences in my darkest dreams
so far ive only heard that cheese causes nightmares so antone eles got suggestions?
Posted by ailison  in  Wampum PA  on  Thu Dec 27, 2007  at  10:57 PM
To finally put to rest your intriguing question about cheese in regards to dreams, we at the Center of Health Education and Environmental Studies in ya
Posted by Hospy  in  Barstow  on  Thu Aug 21, 2008  at  05:20 AM
I know it's true, I just saw this about nightmares because I ate a huge amount of some fancy cheese last night.

I can't remember the last time I ate cheese by itself. Anyways, I had about a good pound of cheese by itself for dinner and had tons of dreams as well as some which I clearly remember as being nightmares (I was getting tortured or something) Pretty fun though

Eat cheese before you go to sleep if you want to trip out in your sleep!

If the study concluded that you don't get nightmares from eating cheese I'd suggest that maybe it only occurs if A)You rarely eat cheese, and B) You eat cheese and cheese alone, and a bunch of it.
Posted by Manu  in  Oahu  on  Thu Mar 19, 2009  at  04:02 AM
Funny thing is, I eat cocao before bed and it helps me sleep. I don't have nightmares at al. Instead, they are replaced with happy dreams. I'm not eating the candy type of chocolate, but the real thing. If I eat CANDY chocolate before bed, (or have chocolate syrup) then I get nightmares. Theobromine shouldn't be a big factor, as it is is about five to 10 times weaker than caffeine. The nightamres are probably due to the fact that so many chocolate companies add caffeine into their chocolate products, and the high sugar content. The real stuff actually helps me sleep much better.

Also, raw chocolate (cocao) is actually very good for you too!
Posted by Wendi  on  Wed Mar 31, 2010  at  03:24 PM
don't fucking do it. if you want dreams that make you shit yourself go ahead smile
Posted by marilyn  in  london  on  Sat Jan 29, 2011  at  06:02 PM
Marylin, if you are repsonding to my comment, it seems you may not have read it correctly. I'm saying it DOES NOT give me nightmares, the real kind, that is.

If I eat CANDY it DOES.

That comment made me laugh though, so thanks for that!
Posted by Wendi  on  Sun Jan 30, 2011  at  12:21 AM
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