Fall Back to Better Sleep: Take the Tart Cherry Sleep Challenge
If you’re one of the millions of Americans who have trouble sleeping, try incorporating Montmorency tart cherries into your routine twice a day to reap the potential benefits.
An extra hour of sleep sure sounds dreamy. We all look forward to that extra hour we get when we “fall back” to Standard Time from Daylight Saving Time, but research actually shows that this time change can compromise sleep rhythms[ref] Lahti TA, Leppämäki S, Lönnqvist J, Partonen T. Transitions into and out of daylight saving time compromise sleep and the rest-activity cycles. BMC Physiology. 2008;8(1, article 3) [PMC free article][PubMed] [/ref]. And, with nearly one-third of all Americans suffering from sleep disturbances and sales of over-the-counter sleep aids on the rise[ref] Hossain JL, Shapiro CM. The prevalence, cost implications, and management of sleep disorders: an overview. Sleep and Breathing. 2002; 6:85-102. [/ref] , now is the time to rethink your sleep and consider more natural ways to get a good night’s rest.
Enter Montmorency tart cherries – the small but mighty fruit that may help you sleep more efficiently every night. If you’re one of the millions of Americans who have trouble sleeping, try incorporating Montmorency tart cherries into your routine twice a day (in the morning and at night) to reap the potential benefits.[ref] Howatson G, Bell PG, Tallent J, Middleton B, McHugh MP, Ellis J. Effect of Montmorency tart cherry juice (Prunus cerasus) on melatonin levels and enhanced sleep quality. European Journal of Nutrition. 2012;51:909-916. [/ref][ref] Pigeon WR, Carr M, Gorman C, Perlis ML. Effects of a Montmorency tart cherry juice beverage on the sleep of older adults with insomnia: A pilot study. J Med Food 2010;13:579-583. [/ref][ref] Liu AG, Tipton RC, Pan W, Finley JW, Prudente A, Karki N, Losso JN, Greenway FL. Tart Cherry Juice Increases Sleep Time in Older Adults with Insomnia. Experimental Biology 2014. San Diego, CA. April 28, 2014. [/ref]