An insomniac’s dream!
Have trouble sleeping? It turns out that a glass of cherry juice could be the key to a restful night between the sheets.
Recent research from Louisiana State University suggests that Montmorency tart cherry juice can help people get an average of 84 extra minutes of sleep. The study, published in the American Journal of Therapeutics, involved participants over the age of 50 who have been diagnosed with chronic insomnia, meaning they experience trouble sleeping at least three nights out of the week.
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Cherries are packed with melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep, and has long been thought to hold a key to the natural treatment of insomnia. In the end of the two-week study, in which participants were given either cherry juice or a cherry-like placebo, researchers found that the juice effectively stopped the build-up of kynurenine, an amino acid which is tied to sleep problems.
We’ll drink to that!