The benefits of a good night’s sleep can never be understated and no one knows this better than someone who regularly suffers with insomnia — the absolute exhaustion you feel after a long night of tossing and turning… not to mention the brain fog and irritation.
Dealing with a lack of sleep night after night, not only affects your mood but it can also wreak havoc on your blood sugar… your gut… and even your brain health.
Triple prong against insomnia
If you are struggling with insomnia, or regularly struggle to get a good night’s sleep then you’ll also know all too well that sleep aids can leave you dazed and confused the next day. Drugs like Ambien have also been linked to a higher risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.
Now a new study has found that there is a natural way to curb those sleepless nights and ease insomnia without taking any drugs… and it also happens to be delicious and side effect free.
For this latest study, researchers divided a group of elderly patients with chronic insomnia into two groups: Half drank 8 ounces of tart cherry juice in the mornings and evenings, while the other half drank the same amount of a placebo drink designed to look and taste like cherry juice.
After two weeks, the participants completed an overnight sleep study… and those who drank the tart cherry juice slept 84 minutes LONGER than those who drank the placebo.
That is nearly an hour and a half of extra sleep!
What’s more, cherry juice also decreased inflammation and increased the availability of the amino acid tryptophan, which is found in foods like turkey.
Tryptophan has been found to induce drowsiness and it’s possible that the tryptophan boost helped the participants to sleep better. But tart cherry juice is also rich in melatonin — the hormone that helps regulate your sleep cycle — as well as procyanidin, a plant nutrient that may have sleep benefits, too.
Translation: Tart cherry juice could be a TRIPLE threat for insomnia!
Tart cherry juice can also help keep your blood pressure in check… relieve the symptoms of gout… and even reduce your risk of dementia.
You can find cherry juice year-round at your local health food store. Just make sure to get the “tart” kind that has no added sugar.
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Scientific review concludes this one type of juice will help you nod off if you drink it an hour before bed, published online ,dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5031459/Drink-Montmorency-tart-cherry-juice-sleep-longer.html#ixzz532V6cl1S