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Today I’ll be taking a look at a sleep remedy that many claim is as or more effective than sleeping pills: tart cherry juice.

Curious to know if drinking a glass of tart cherry juice before bed might be the key to ending your nights of restless slumber? Keep on reading to find out!

Note: The content on Sleepopolis is meant to be informative in nature, but it shouldn’t be taken as medical advice, and it shouldn’t take the place of medical advice and supervision from a trained professional. If you feel you may be suffering from any sleep disorder or medical condition, please see your healthcare provider immediately.

THE REMEDY

According to sleep experts, having two 8 oz. glasses of tart cherry juice a day can help to regulate and improve your sleep schedule. But how, you ask? Why with the help of natural melatonin, the much-talked-about sleep hormone of which tart cherries happen to be extremely full.

Cody Holding Cherry Juice

THE SCIENCE

Aside from melatonin, tart cherry juice is packed with tons of other nutritional delights. In just a single cup serving, you’ve got plentiful reserves of potassium, iron, antioxidants and antiviral goodies. These elements have been shown to boost metabolism, fight inflammation, assuage arthritis pain and up your overall immunity. Just remember that these benefits are only present in tart or sour cherry juice and not in any sort of “cocktail cherry” beverage.

Cody Drinking Cherry Juice

Bringing it on back to sleep, there has been a lot of research done into tart cherry juice’s effects on slumber. A 2010 study found that regular consumption of the juice brought about significant improvements to participants’ sleep. These claims were echoed in a 2014 analysis conducted by scientists at Louisiana State University, who found drinking two glasses of tart cherry juice a day helped to combat insomnia.

THE RESULTS

Well y’all, while cherry juice is definitely delicious, as far as its effects on my sleep are concerned… I felt nothing. Not a thing. Not even a dollop of drowsiness. To be fair, I only tried this remedy out for a week, so maybe over time it would eventually help to make a dent on my insomnia, but for now, I’d consider this to be a bit of a flop.

My unprofessional expert diagnosis would give this trick 2 out of 5 Zzz’s… a tasty beverage, but no real side effects.

Alright, that’s it on this sleep remedy! Thanks so much for watching, and if you like what you see, make sure to hit subscribe.

Cherry Juice Bottle

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Cody Gohl

Cody Gohl is a Brooklyn-based journalist and editor who thinks it’s totally fine to work from bed. While he’s always down to investigate and learn about new subjects, he’s got a particular fondness for reporting on LGBTQ+ issues (Logo, CityLife, My Son Wears Heels), fashion trends (The Manual, Next) and all matters related to sleep (Sleepopolis). A bit of an insomniac, his current task is to discover the best all-natural sleep remedy on the planet. Find him tweeting @CodyGohl and insta... ing @pico.de.gayo!

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