Cherry Juice may be the key to help cure insomnia

If you suffer from insomnia then drinking a glass of cherry juice twice daily, is the key to a decent night’s sleep.

The study by researchers at the University of Rochester in New York found that drinking unsweetened cherry juice in the morning and evening regularly helped people enjoy more sleep.

Dr Wilfred Pigeon, the psychiatrist who led the study said that the effect cherry juice has on patients could possibly be down to the fruit’s high content of melatonin – the hormone that regulates the body’s sleep-wake cycle.

In today’s society, insomnia has become one of the biggest health challenges with around one in four adults suffering from it and a fifth regularly getting fewer than five hours’ sleep each night.

The study saw an analysis of participants sleeping patterns on two phases. During the first, the volunteers drank cherry juice every morning and evening and in the second they were given a comparable fruit juice.

The results found that cherry juice led to an average of 17 minutes of more sleep.

Dr Pigeon, said, “Given the side effects of some medications it is encouraging to have a natural alternative.” Dr Russel Reiter, a melatonin expert at the University of Texas said foods like cherries may be a better alternative to boosting the body’s supply than supplements.

The study was published in the Journals of Medicinal Food. 

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