How cherry juice helps you sleep: Drinking a glass at morning and night can help you have an hour’s longer rest each day.
- Researchers studied a group of people at Louisiana State University.
- All of the participants had reported previous problems with their sleep patterns.
- The group were asked to drink tart cherry juice twice daily for two weeks.
- Despite the short trial, some of the people reported improved sleep.
Tart cherries are one of the few natural sources of melatonin, which is responsible for the regulation of the body’s internal clock and sleep-wake cycle. Researchers believe it’s the combination of melatonin and the anthocyanins in Montmorency tart cherries that might help you sleep better at night.
“Proanthocyanidins, or the ruby red pigments in tart cherry juice, contain an enzyme that reduces inflammation and decreases the breakdown of tryptophan, letting it go to work longer in your body,” says study coauthor Frank L. Greenway, director of the outpatient research clinic at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center at LSU. Montmorency cherries are particularly high in these beneficial compounds. You can buy tart cherry juice here from walmart or any local health food store. Drink it once on the morning and one before bed and soon you’ll be sleeping the night through.
Let us know in the comments below if you’ve tried this natural sleep remedy.