Sara Mednick

The week I ate cheese every day, I slept really well. Dr. Sara Mednick, PhD, [professor], a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of California, Irvine and author of the 2022 book, The Power of the Downstate, confirms my observation: cheese definitely seemed to have some impact on helping us catch up on rest. "There is some evidence that dairy in the diet can benefit sleep," Dr. Mednick says. "Not only is dairy nutritionally rich, but it also contains high amounts of tryptophan, which synthesizes melatonin. Melatonin is the circadian hormone that decreases arousal at night and brings on sleep. So having enough dairy in your daily diet can be a great way to keep your sleep on a steady rhythm."

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