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5 Foods to Fight Insomnia

  • June 15, 2011
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5 Foods to Fight Insomnia

If you’re having trouble catching some Zzzs, the solution could be as close as your kitchen.

By Leah Zerbe

Sleep restores us. And not getting enough of it can put us at greater risk of heart disease and cancer. Sleep even makes us smarter. Yet researchers are finding that more than 10 percent of the population is chronically sleep deprived. If you’re having trouble slipping into and remaining in Dreamland, don’t dart straight to prescription sleep drugs, which can be habit-forming, harmful if you live with certain conditions, and even downright bizarre! (Some people develop sleep-eating and sleep-driving habits when using prescription sleeping pills.) The good news is, science has found that many foods, drinks, herbs, and other natural sleep aids can help put you to sleep…naturally. In fact, just this summer, researchers made the connection between tart cherry juice and getting adequate shut-eye. Here are some natural food- and drink-based sleep aids.

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Cherries

In the small study, participants drank eight ounces of the tart cherry (also known as sour cherry) juice in the morning, and another eight ounces in the evening, for two weeks and reported better sleeping habits. Since all cherries are naturally high in melatonin, a compound that makes us sleepy, you can try eating a cup as a snack before it’s time for shut-eye if you’d rather not drink the juice.

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5:51PM PDT on May 5, 2012

good to know

8:10AM PDT on May 5, 2012

good to know

8:31AM PDT on Oct 22, 2011

thanks

12:31PM PDT on Sep 29, 2011

Thank you

11:33AM PDT on Aug 28, 2011

thanks for the info

1:12AM PDT on Aug 24, 2011

Thanks for the info!

8:41AM PDT on Jul 26, 2011

thanks this is very informative i will surely try and do this now

11:36AM PDT on Jul 19, 2011

I´ve suffer from this terrible problem for years, but I´ve been taken meds. Is it possible to combine, untill I can sleep only with natural things?.Thanks so much 4 the info.

12:47AM PDT on Jul 4, 2011

noted

1:59PM PDT on Jul 2, 2011

interesting :-)

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