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Eat cheese to have a good sleep

Updated on May 10, 2010

Say 'cheese'!

Have you practice eating a little amount of cheese before sleeping? Experts say it will help in aiding us to have a good sleep. I usually drink a warm glass of milk before sleeping. But with a tight budget these days, I skipped doing such thing by just drinking a cold glass of water before sleeping to relax my body.

Cheese 101

When I was studying a one-year course in Culinary Arts, I have known that there are many kinds of cheese.

From soft to hard ones, there are many kinds of cheeses to choose from: edam ( soft cheese from Holland), kefalotyri (hard cheese from Greece), Romaine cheese (use in pasta), bleu cheese (very smelly; also from Greece), Emendal (tastes bitter), Parmessan cheese (good for pizza), choco-cheese (sweet cheese from Greece), Feta or white cheese (usually packed in tins and brine solution).

With my experiences in Greek ships working as cook for eight years, I noticed that Greek officers and crew eat more cheese during nighttime. Now, I know why they do such kind of practice. It really gave them a peaceful sleep.

Tryptophan is the amino acid being produced when we eat cheese. It produces serotonin to have a peaceful sleep.

2009 World Record for Cheese Dishes

On December 14th 2009, there are 5, 845 dishes that were produced by Filipino cooks who participated in crashing the World Record set by Indian cooks last year who produced more than 4, 000 dishes using cheese.

Cheese trivia

The 'edam cheese' from Holland came from the place which bears the name of the cheese at the start of the 14th century. History account relates that one captain of a war ship used edam cheeses as cannon balls when they ran out of iron cannon balls. Guess what? They prevented the invaders because of those edam cheeses.

Eat Cheese! /Wine Spectator


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    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      8 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Hi, ng0208. Well, it's cheesy to say that we owe it to Greeks or other European people. It's just like drinking warm milk when you are unable or having difficulty in sleeping.

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      8 years ago from Kentucky

      Very interesting hub! I love cheese but I never made the connection to good sleep. Thanks for sharing : )

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      8 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      It's also good for your health. Thanks for the comment, Travel_man1971.

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      8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I like edam cheese. It's best fitted to slice breads.

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      8 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Thanks, wearing well. Happy New Year to you, too. As I write this comment, I am munching some bits of edam cheese this morning.(4Jan09)

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      Deborah Waring 

      8 years ago from Lancashire U.K.

      I will be enjoying my English Cheddar cheese on some crackers tonight and on New Years day I will have some feta goats cheese in my tuna pasta lunch.I always have a good nights sleep and tend to experience dreams after having ingested cheese;maybe because of the fact that it can help with serotonin levels in the brain and therefore bring about a better sense of well-being.I wish you a Happy & Peaceful New Year.


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