Sleep Like a Baby with Tart Cherry Juice

Medically reviewed in January 2020

A warm glass of milk may not be the only beverage that can help make you sleepy. Sipping some tart cherry juice also might help you nod off.

In fact, in a study of older adults, tart cherry juice served as one of the best sleep solutions—participants fell asleep faster, stayed asleep longer and racked up more total hours of sleep at night.

Melatonin in a glass
The study involved research participants sipping a commercially prepared tart cherry juice morning and night for a couple of weeks. Although it was a small study funded by the juice manufacturer, it was not without merit. And similar research has already shown cherries to be high in melatonin, a sleep-regulating hormone that's produced by the pineal gland in the brain but that can be found in some plant sources, too, like fruit. Cherries are also loaded with certain anti-inflammatory cytokines that are thought to regulate the sleep-wake cycle.

More sleep solutions
Still, more research is needed to confirm the results as well as determine whether cherry juice from concentrate or whole cherries could provide similar get-to-sleep benefits. If you decide to try sipping tart cherry juice daily to help get yourself to sleep, keep in mind that the sweetened varieties will add more calories to your diet. For additional calorie-free sleep solutions, try these tips:

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