Insomnia affects one-third of US adults. If counting sheep does not help you float off into a deep sleep at night, you may want to consider drinking a glass of Montmorency tart cherry juice.
This bittersweet drink was given to a group of insomniacs in a fresh study conducted by Louisiana State University.
Available in the American Journal of Therapeutics, the study discovered that consuming the scarlet juice extended periods of sleep for an average of 84 minutes each night.
They discovered that the juice has compounds which restrain the production of chemicals in the brain that leads to deprived sleep.
It is as well rich in procyanidins and anthocyanins – discovered in blueberries – which are frequently praised by scientists for their health benefits and have been connected to reducing inflammation.
Drinking the juice as well decreases levels of kynurenine in the blood, which has been connected to sleep deprivation.
Participants were given a survey which questioned them about their sleeping habits.
They were then at random assigned either a large glass of cherry juice or a placebo which they consumed two times a day, right after they woke up and right before they went to sleep.
After 14 days, those who had been consuming the cherry juice switched to the placebo drink and vice versa.
They were then given the same survey to observe how the drinks had affected their sleeping pattern.
Researchers concluded that participants who drank the cherry juice increased their sleep time by 84 minutes and their sleep efficiency, in general, was increased on the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index.