Drink Cherry Juice For a Better Night's Sleep

| 11/30/2011 12:31:26 PM

J.PattonIf you’ve counted all the sheep you can stand to count, there may be a new solution to getting a better night's sleep with cherry juice.

Cherry juice may significantly improve how well and how long you sleep each night, researchers say. The study, which was performed at Northumbria University, found sipping on cherry juice increases levels of melatonin, the hormone that regulates sleep. Melatonin causes sleepiness and a lower body temperature, creating a perfect state for drifting into dreamland. This means that cherry juice could make it easier for people to find slumber each night.

In the study, 20 healthy participants drank 30 ml of either cherry juice or a placebo juice twice a day for seven days. At the end of the study, researchers found there was a 15 percent increase in urinary melatonin in the participants who drank cherry juice. The cherry juice drinkers also reported that they napped less during the day than before the study.

It turns out cherry juice may just be Mother Earth's natural sleeping pill.
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These findings may be especially helpful to those who struggle with insomnia, suffer from jet lag, or work odd hours. Chronic sleep loss has been linked with heart disease, diabetes and obesity in recent years. Memory loss is also often a side effect of lack of sleep. In addition, those with insomnia are also at a greater risk for mood disorders, such as depression.

If you, like me, can’t stand the taste of cherries, don’t worry. There are many other actions you can take to get a better night’s sleep. Here are some tips from experts at the Mayo Clinic: