Are you part of the 1 in 3 Americans who don’t get enough sleep? Do you toss and turn so much that it could be practically considered part of your cardio plan? Does the idea of getting 8 hours of sleep per night seem like an unattainable dream? If so, we feel you. Getting enough rest is an uphill battle that we too have fought.
Over the years, we’ve provided you with a good amount of helpful home remedies for sleep, but until today, we’ve been keeping the sweetest tip to ourselves—tart cherry juice.
Now, we know what you might be thinking: How in the heck could tart cherry juice help me get more sleep?! OK, we get it. We were dubious at first, too, but when we actually took a gander at the scientific study that backed this idea up, we were sold.
You see, a group of 8 insomniacs was told to drink two glasses of Montmorency tart cherry juice per day, one in the morning and one right before they went to sleep. When compared to the placebo group, these restless sleepers actually ended up averaging a whopping 84 extra minutes of uninterrupted snooze time!
As it turns out, the special cherry juice contains high levels of melatonin, an all-natural hormone that regulates sleep. Many folks take this in pill form, but experts say that tart cherry juice can work just as well.
What is Montmorency tart cherry juice?
Unless you grew up in the Great White North, Michigan, or Wisconsin, you likely don’t know much about these tart little wonders.
Montmorency cherries are known as sour cherries, and they have a uniquely sweet-sour flavor profile that lives up to the name of the category. If you are a cherry-lover, then you’ve surely had the opportunity to taste a Montmorency, most likely in dried, canned, or frozen forms.
Though the special cherries yield nutritious results no matter their processing, people reap the most health benefits when the Montmorency is consumed in its most concentrated juice form.
As we mentioned, there is strong evidence to suggest that drinking a glass before bed can help promote good sleeping habits but, to tell you the truth, a peaceful slumber is really just the tip of the ice burg. Let’s look at the nutritional breakdown of uber-wholesome Montmorency cherry juice…
For starters, the cherry contains a whopping 40% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin A, a nutrient that is needed for cell regeneration and vision. It’s also an excellent source of Vitamin C, a must for immunity, but what’s most impressive is its ultra-high antioxidant levels.
A deliciously tart juice that puts us to sleep and provides nourishment to spare? Yes, please! To learn even more about how this amazing cherry juice can grant you over an hour of extra “zzzs” per night, be sure to watch the video below!
Are your mouths watering right now? We know ours are! What are your thoughts on Montmorency cherry juice? Does it help you sleep? Do you know of any other fruits that help you fall asleep?