Cherry juice – the new alternative to counting sheep?

Could a glass of cherry juice before bed be the answer to a good nights sleep?

According to a recent study conducted by a team of researchers from Northumbria University, drinking cherry juice can significantly increase the production of the sleep inducing hormone melatonin.

Drinking a glass of Montmorency cherry juice before bedding down for the evening could help you to get an extra 25 minutes of sleep per night.

According the study, which involved participants drinking a 30ml serving of the juice each day for seven days, levels of sleep regulating melatonin found in their urine increased by between 15 and 16%.

Exercise physiologist Dr Howatson has said that the results of this study could be used to facilitate healthy sleep in adults, for instance in those who suffer from insomnia related to shift work, or from jet lag.

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Emma Hilton

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