Tart Cherries for a Better Sleep

Like so many adults, I have trouble sleeping.  While I don’t have trouble actually falling asleep, I spend the night tossing and turning, and waking up 3 – 4 times throughout the night.  The next day, I find myself exhausted!

tart cherry knudsenFor the longest time I have been looking for ways to promote a better sleep.  I tried to stay away from refined sugars, caffeine and electronic device screens before going to bed, but nothing seemed to work.  Then I came across a site that suggested drinking tart cherry juice for a more restful sleep.  I did more research and as it turns out, many people swear by tart cherries for curing their insomnia, and even Dr. Oz highlighted the fruit, stating that they give a dose of melatonin that can help improve your sleep habits.  Dr. Oz also identified tart cherries as a strong antioxidant, capable of relieving muscle and joint pain, and fighting heart disease.  Incorporating tart cherries into my diet seemed worth a try!

As my soon-to-be husband shares my difficulty in sleeping, we both decided to try tart cherry juice.  About an hour and a half before we went to bed, we each drank 8 ounces of juice that I had found at the health food store (there are a few different types of cherry juice available, so make sure you buy the tart cherry kind!)

The first morning after drinking the cherry juice,  we could already feel the difference.  While it wasn’t any easier to wake up, we felt alert and refreshed much sooner than normal.  We continued drinking the juice every day for the rest of the week, and the results have been phenomenal!  We now wake in the morning feeling more rested, and are less sleepy throughout the day.

glass of cherry juice So many adults struggle with a restless sleep (the CDC reports that an estimated 50-70 million US adults have chronic sleep disorders, and the percentage of adults who get less than 7 hours of sleep has increased since the 1980's to one third of all U.S. adults!)  If you have trouble sleeping, there’s no reason not to give tart cherry juice a try!

 

For more information on tart cherries, visit these resources: 

http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/amazing-antioxidants-tart-cherry-juice

 http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/tart-cherry-all-natural-sleep-aid-pt-1

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22038497

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