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Over time, the French sleep more and more poorly. Indeed, on the occasion of Sleep Day on March 17, 2023, a survey by the National Institute of Sleep and Vigilance observed a deterioration in sleep since 2015. A phenomenon particularly accentuated with the health crisis linked to Covid . Result ? A third of those surveyed believe they are dissatisfied with the quality of their sleep, while 8 out of 10 people say they wake up in the middle of the night.

To overcome this problem and fall more quickly into the arms of Morpheus, there are several natural methods to choose. If some people opt for a glass of milk or even a good herbal tea, another drink would be much more effective.

Indeed, researchers from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge in the United States were interested in the subject. After several tests, experts found the solution: drink a glass of cherry juice per day. Their study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food specifies that by drinking this cherry juice daily, the duration of sleep would increase by 30 minutes. This would therefore be the ideal solution for people suffering from chronic insomnia.

To achieve this result, they asked 15 people, 8 men and 7 women aged 65, to drink every day for two weeks a 230 ml glass of cherry juice in the morning between 8 and 10 a.m. and another, of the same amount, but this time two hours before going to bed. The specialists thus studied the sleep of each participant using a polysomnograph, a tool which makes it possible to record sleep, ventilation and body movements during the night.

Result ? After drinking 2 glasses of cherry juice, the total duration of sleep was 7 hours compared to 6.5 hours before the experiment.

In addition, the duration of nighttime awakenings was also reduced by 17 minutes.

For the experiment, participants drank Montmorency cherry juice, a variety of tart cherries. A glass of juice is the equivalent of 50 cherries. The advantage of these red fruits is their “a relatively high content of melatonin, a substance that regulates sleep”. Their anthocyanin content (pigments responsible for their red color) would also be beneficial since they are “anti-inflammatory agents that could be closely linked to sleep modulation”.

In conclusion, the researchers explain that these cherries could therefore have “effects equal to or greater than those observed in studies of valerian and melatonin, the two most studied natural products against insomnia”.

So you know what you need to do to get a good night’s sleep!


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