Sleep Time – Do you need more?

Are you like me? Today Sleep disappeared at 4am!

Why? Normally I sleep fairly well for about 6-7 hours and when I go to bed at eleven p.m. I don’t feel that I’ve had my fair whack of sleep if I wake up at four in the morning. – I feel deprived.

Am I getting like my Mum? She is the most erratic sleeper. She sleeps Sandy 1979soundly in front of the TV then is wide awake at one a.m. when we are all sleeping like babies!

I decided a little research was needed.
What I found is not quite what I was expecting!

It appears that we can give up on the warm milk or whiskey or chamomile tea and start drinking tart cherry juice twice a day. The researchers claim this can help us sleep nearly 90 more minutes a night.IMG_5455

Researchers from Louisiana State University had seven older adults with insomnia drink eight ounces of Montmorency tart cherry juice twice a day for two weeks, followed by two weeks of no juice, and then two more weeks of drinking a placebo beverage. Compared to the placebo, drinking the cherry juice resulted in an average of 84 more minutes of sleep time each night.

“Cherry juice is a natural source of the sleep-wake cycle hormone melatonin and amino acid tryptophan,” says study co-author Frank L. Greenway, director of the outpatient research clinic at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center at LSU.

It seems that this is certainly a safer way to improve sleep quality than taking sleeping tablets. They just do not appeal to me on every level and it seems I am not far off the mark as this Professor’s research also highlighted the prevalence of falls due to dopiness in the aged often resulting in fractures. Anyway cherry juice is cheaper and in the long run and far more enjoyable than taking another, it seems unnecessary, tablet!

Other studies have recommended:

  • Eating two kiwi fruits an hour before bed to increase sleep time by 13%
  • Or eat seaweed with your dinner to get an extra full hour of sleep

Lawrence Epstein, MD, chief medical officer of Sleep HealthCenters says “Sleep is a basic biological necessity—just like eating—and it has an impact on every aspect of your health and your life,”

So it seems we should take sleeplessness a bit seriously and get it sorted!

Now we know we are not short of some natural remedies to help attain the best sleep patterns it’s out with the cappuccino and in with the cherry juice for me! – Well they look so pretty and are totally delicious!

Sleep well till the next time



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