sleep is an almost magical, rejuvenating thing. When we get enough of it, our eyes look brighter, our minds run faster, and we have more energy to tackle the day. Which is probably why we’re constantly studying sleep and engineering new ways to do it better.
In this vein, the National Sleep Foundation offers updated sleep recommendations for how many hours a night we need. The findings may be a bit of a bore, as they affirm what we’ve long known: adult humans need seven to eight hours of sleep per night.
Still, we think this news is a great reminder that we do, in fact, need that sleep. Because many of us are not getting those prescribed seven hours (which is probably why we find ourselves wishing we could have a nap around 3 p.m. or reaching for that second cup of coffee in the afternoon). The truth is that catching ZZZZs isn’t always an easy task — and to make sure the sleep we’re getting is good, productive sleep? Even harder.
Is there anything cheese can’t do? It turns out that various components that make up cheese work together to make us sleepy: the calcium helps our brains turn the tryptophan (also found in dairy) into melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone that anticipates night-time feelings, and helps your body calm down to snooze.