Sleep is crucial for optimal health. People who suffer insomnia find themselves always exhausted, not thinking clearly, moody, craving sugar and most of all feeling hopeless. A good night’s sleep is all they strive for!
If you or someone you know is having problems sleeping, read on...I have some sleep remedies for you, including the best natural sleep aid for your body.
If you are struggling to get a deep, full sleep, you can try sleeping in a dark room free of noise (sorry to your partner who snores!), putting away all electronics (your phone should not be next to your head by your pillow), and having your home at a comfortable temperature (68-70 degrees F is usually a great gauge).
But if you are still having issues with insomnia, juice may be your ticket! In fact, researchers have discovered that cherry juice can improve sleep.
Best Natural Sleep Aid
According to the European Journal of Nutrition, researchers found that when adults drank two 8 oz. glasses of cherry juice a day, they slept an average of 39 minutes longer and there was up to a 6% increase in efficient sleep (deep, quality sleep; less non-sleep time in bed).
Cherry Juice Benefits
One of the reasons cherry juice aids sleep is the melatonin content. This natural hormone in the body is important for regulating the sleep-wake cycle. Melatonin is found in cherries so drinking juice each day can boost the deep sleep craved by those suffering from insomnia.
Cherry juice is chock full of nutrients that can not only improve sleep, but can help you notice overall health benefits such as less inflammation in the joints, efficient recovery after workouts, and weight loss.
Also, cherry juice is loaded with antioxidants including vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, and zinc; a wellness power house! So drink up! Cherry juice benefits go beyond assisting with sleep!
Here is a cherry juice recipe to try:
1/2-1 cup pineapple chunks (frozen) OR 1/2 a pineapple cored and chopped
1/2 lime, peeled
8 cherries, pitted
Makes appr. 16 oz.
Pineapple is a super fat burner AND fights against free radicals (makes your skin look younger). Cherries, well, they are just divine for weight loss, de-bloating and better sleep. And lime is for fun plus a big vitamin C boost.
Tonight try some cherries before bed. You can eat fresh or frozen cherries, juice them, or even make a smoothie! Not sure how to make a smoothie? I show you step-by-step here.