aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

What do you want to dream tonight?

The British Cheese Board did a study last year with 200 volunteers. They wanted to dispel the idea that eating cheese before bedtime caused bad dreams.

Not only did the volunteers not have bad dreams, they had different kinds of dreams depending on what kind of cheese they ate.

Red Leicester is the cheese to choose if you are feeling nostalgic about your past – over 60% of participants eating this cheese revisited their schooldays, or long-lost childhood friends, or previous family homes and hometowns.

Stilton caused crazy dreams for 75% of men and 85% of women had some of the most bizarre dreams of the whole study. Highlights included talking soft toys, elevators 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.

Brie dreams varied between males and females; women tended to experience very nice dreams, such as Jamie Oliver cooking dinner in their kitchens, or relaxing on a sunny beach. By contrast, the men who ate Brie experienced odd, obscure dreams, such as driving against a battleship, or having a drunken conversation with a dog.

Lancashire caused 2/3 of participants dreamed about work - but only 30% of these involved the participants' real-life occupations. One ambitious dreamer saw herself as a successful Prime Minister - one of her popular reforms involved teaching useful finance in schools, including how to choose the right mortgage.

Cheddar-eating participants tended to dream of celebrities, ranging from the participant's family sitting in a pub with Jordan, to a Glaswegian old firm football match with Gazza and Ally McCoist. Ashley from Coronation Street also featured, as did the cast of Emmerdale - and one lucky girl helped to form a human pyramid under the supervision of Johnny Depp.

Cheshire-eating volunteers did not have many dreams, but slept well.

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