Now that the days are getting shorter… and the nights are colder… there’s nothing like tucking into a warm bed early and sleeping like a LOG.
But when you’ve got insomnia, it feels like you’re sleeping more like that pile of leaves on your front lawn: tossing and turning, all night long.
And if you deal with it night after night, lack of sleep doesn’t just leave you exhausted and irritable. It can also wreak havoc on your blood sugar… your gut… and even your brain.
“Sleep aids” like Ambien can make you dazed and confused the next day and boost your Parkinson’s risk, so they’re really no solution at all.
But according to a new study, there’s a natural way to ease insomnia without pills… and it just so happens to come from a TREE.
I’m talking about cherry juice!
In the study out of Louisiana State University, a group of older adults with chronic insomnia were divided 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’s nearly an hour and a half of extra shuteye!
What’s more, the cherry juice also DECREASED inflammation and INCREASED the availability of the amino acid tryptophan, which is found in foods like turkey and can make you sleepy.
It could be that the tryptophan boost accounted for the participants’ improved sleep. 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!
And the cherry on top is that tart cherry juice can also keep your blood pressure in check… relieve the symptoms of gout… and even slash your risk of dementia.
The season for fresh tart cherries is summertime (from May to July, depending on where you live), but you can find cherry juice year-round at your local health food store. Just make sure to get the “tart” kind so you’re not guzzling added sugar.
And skip the chocolate-covered cherries or the cherry garnishes for your cocktail — because these sugar bombs will do zip for your sleep.
If the tart juice is just a little too… well, tart for your taste, you can find tart cherry as a supplement in capsule form at your local health food store.