Researchers have found that tart cherry juice helps people sleep longer and better. It only seems to work with fresh tart cherry juice, however; placebos included unsweeted black cherry juice and Kool-Aid.
Researchers discovered that drinking cherry juice increases levels of melatonin in the body, and subjects who drank cherry juice reported napping less but sleeping better. So you can forgo the over-the-counter melatonin for a glass of cherry juice before bed.
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