Need more sleep? Drink cherry juice!
Set aside for a while your box of chamomile and try a glass of cherry juice! New research presented at the Experimental Biology 2014 conference finds drinking cherry juice twice a day can help you sleep nearly 90 more minutes a night.
Cherry juice is a natural source of melatonin -the hormone of sleep- and amino acid tryptophan. Proanthocyanidins or the red pigments in cherry juice, contain an enzyme that reduces inflammation and decreases the breakdown of tryptophan, letting it go to work longer in your body.
Researchers from Louisiana State University believe cherry juice is a safer way to improve sleep quality than going the pharmaceutical route, given the lack of side effects.
If you are not a fan of cherries, then try kiwi. Eating two kiwi fruits an hour before bed was shown to increase sleep time by 13% and decrease mid-sleep waking periods by 29% after just four weeks, a recent Chinese study has found.