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Cherry juice can aid a good night's sleep, says study

Jonathan Warren

08.11.2011

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Jonathan Warren
123159164Individuals who have trouble sleeping due to insomnia, shift work or jet lag may wish to supplement their diet with cherry juice, after new research showed that the drink may aid a good night's sleep in a single bed. In a study conducted by researchers at the School of Life Sciences at Northumbria University, it was revealed that the regular consumption of Montmorency cherry juice could significantly increase levels of melatonin - the hormone that determines the sleep-wake cycle - in the human body. The findings showed that cherry juice drinkers reported healthy sleeping habits and less daytime napping compared to before the study commenced; while same applied when these individuals were compared to the study participants not given juice to consume. Dr Glyn Howatson, the study's lead author, said: "These results show that tart cherry juice can be used to facilitate sleep in healthy adults and, excitingly, has the potential to be applied as a natural intervention, not only to athletes, but to other populations with insomnia and general disturbed sleep from shift work or jet lag."

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Jonathan Warren

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