Does the idea of being paid to do nothing but sleep sound too good to be true? Well, apparently not.
Have you ever eaten a slice of cheese, or perhaps a whole lot more, before going to sleep and then noticed that the dreams you had were far more vivid and maybe truly mind-blowingly bizarre in nature?
Well, it’s a common belief that cheese can do funny things to you when you are in a sleep state, and now an American study is willing to put in the hours in order to delve deeper into whether this is a myth or not.
The study, which is being undertaken by Sleep Junkie, is seeking five Americans to try out different types of cheese before going to sleep and to then make a record of what happened the moment their heads hit their collective pillows.
Sleep is a fascinating aspect of our lives that we don’t consider nearly as much as we should. Talking of exciting sleep surveys, online casino Betway put together some in-depth research on how we should all best prepare in order to get that perfect night’s sleep, and that’s without the aid of a good piece of cheddar cheese.
As for the study by Sleep Junkie, it’s the real deal, and each successful candidate who takes on the study will get a reward of $1000. The official job description for the study states;
“The chosen candidates will be paid for their work, and all cheese costs will be expensed,”
“Our dairy dreamers will become our official cheese testers, providing honest feedback on how eating various kinds of cheese before bed impacts their sleep quality.”
Anyone looking to get in on the action must be over 21, will have to sleep alone, and, unsurprisingly, should not be allergic to dairy.
It’s likely that the study is something of a publicity stunt; it is, after all, funded by and carried out by a mattress review website. However, that doesn’t make the intention behind the study any less interesting.
Different cheeses will be tested, including blue, hard, and processed options. There will also be vegan and lactose-free options available.
So if you happen to meet the criteria and want to make use of the two loves of your life, cheese, and sleep, then being paid $1000 to do both (almost at the same time) will seem like a dream come true!
In 2005 a similar study was run in the UK, and that found that none of those taking part reported having any nightmares during the study and that a good night’s sleep was almost a guaranteed side-effect of cheese consumption.
All of that sounds incredible until you take into account the group who ran the project, who was the British Cheese Board…a society that clearly has some vested interest in such results.
Either way, anyone who is putting together such a study may want to ask themselves why cows always seem to be spaced out and in a zen state and whether that, too, is a side effect of producing the milk that might then be made into the cheese that is causing us humans such crazy dreams!