Sleep is important to you. It’s refreshing when you get enough of it.
It keeps you going throughout the day.
The problem: you’ve been having sleepless nights. Nights when counting sheep just didn’t cut it. Bad for health. Bad for keeping you from yelling at your boss out of frustration from lack of sleep.
But there’s a tasty drink that can change all that.
Researchers from Louisiana State University have discovered that a glass of tart cherry juice is what you need to sleep better and also increase your sleep time by up to 90 minutes.
For the study, seven volunteers who were elderly people suffering from insomnia were advised to drink 8 ounces of tart cherry juice twice a day for two weeks. This was followed by 2 weeks of abstinence from cherry juice. For the next two weeks after that, the volunteers were instead given a placebo beverage in the place of cherry juice.
The researchers monitored the sleep pattern of the volunteers for the entire period of the study. They also surveyed the volunteers about fatigue, sleep, anxiety and depression.
The research revealed that those who consumed cherry juice in the morning and night, on an average slept about 84 minutes longer than usual and also enjoyed better quality of sleep.
It has been concluded that the compound in cherry juice helped to stop the breakdown of the amino acid tryptophan, which is necessary for synthesis of the hormone serotonin that induces good sleep.
An increase in the levels of serotonin has other beneficial effects too – it can decrease inflammation and improve the mood! The juice itself contains a small amount of tryptophan which makes it a great natural choice for fighting insomnia. Say goodnight to your sleeping medication and instead enjoy a glass of cherry juice!