Do you have trouble sleeping?
If you do, you’re not alone. Nearly one-third of all Americans suffer from sleep disturbances - and inadequate sleep is a risk factor for obesity, heart disease and other chronic diseases.
Instead of shopping for short-term solutions in the pharmaceutical aisle, you may want to consider more natural ways to get a good night's rest.
For instance, adding tart cherries - a natural source of melatonin - to your daily diet can help you sleep better. Research has shown that tart cherry juice can improve both quality and duration of sleep, reduce severity of insomnia and increase overall sleep quality.
In one study, adults who drank two daily glasses of tart cherry juice slept 40 minutes longer on average and had up to 6 percent increase in sleep efficiency. Drinking tart cherry juice daily also helped to reduce severity of insomnia and time spent awake after going to sleep.
Health experts attribute these sleep-related benefits to the melatonin and phytonutrient content of tart cherries.
Here’s what you can do to get a good night’s sleep, naturally -
- Drink a glass of tart cherry juice in the evening before going to bed.
- Mobile phone and laptop screens emit blue light that suppresses melatonin and causes alertness, so switch them off. Keep your bedroom quiet, dark, and cool, creating a calm sanctuary.
- Exercise regularly. The National Sleep Foundation Sleep in America Poll 2013 found that moderate exercise up to 2 hours before bedtime helps to get a good night’s rest.
Not only that - the same natural compounds that give tart cherries their unique sweet-tart flavor profile and bright red color - known as anthocyanins - also provide many other health benefits. Plenty of research indicates that tart cherries promote heart health, reduce inflammation related to arthritis and ease exercise-related muscle pain.
Cherries are just one of the healthiest fruits you’ll find in in powdered fruit superfoods - a mix of healthful, life-giving all-natural phytonutrients, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds.
So why not get a good night’s sleep - and many other health benefits besides!