- A sleep company is looking for someone to eat cheese for money.
- This effort is part of a study into the effects of different types of cheese on sleep quality.
- Participants must record their sleep behavior for 3 months.
If you’re getting paid to eat cheese every night, like 30 Rock character Liz Lemon, then if that sounds like a dream come true, you might be a perfect candidate to study how cheese affects sleep. I can’t.
Sleep Junkie, a research firm affiliated with mattress retailer Amerisleep, LLC, is looking for participants to investigate whether the old myth that cheese causes nightmares is valid.
“If selected, our sleep experts will provide a list of cheeses to eat each week from different types of cheeses, including blue cheese, hard cheese, soft-ripened cheese and processed cheese,” said the study’s director. The job application reads. “Vegan and lactose-free cheeses will also be included in the selection for this trial.”
After eating a variety of cheeses and falling asleep, participants were required to write a rating of their dreams, nightmares, and overall sleep quality upon awakening.
The survey will last for three months starting in March, and in addition to receiving free cheese, you will also be compensated $1000 at the end.
According to job applications, participants, dubbed “Daily Dreamers,” must be at least 21 years old, sleep alone, maintain a consistent sleep schedule, and own a smartwatch or fitness tracker.
Participants also cannot suffer from sleep problems, such as insomnia, or lactose intolerance.
Multiple previous studies have shown that dairy products such as cheese actually help people sleep, despite rumors that they don’t.
A 2020 systematic review of research on dairy and sleep found multiple studies that found benefits of tryptophan-rich dairy, including helping people sleep longer.
Studies have also shown that exercising with a combination of milk and cheese before bed can help older people fall asleep.