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3 Reasons Why Tart Cherries Help with Sleep

Sleep is one of those things that so many of us struggle with. It turns out that millions of Americans – 33% in fact – struggle with different forms of insomnia. Now, if you fit into this group, you must know how awful it feels to not be able to sleep simply because your body doesn’t want to turn off. Insomnia affects our circadian rhythm and results in low energy, grumpiness, and affects our ability to do everyday tasks. 

The stress of everyday life can get in the way of rest, so what are the options for people who really struggle with falling asleep?

Tart cherries might be the answer we are looking for! Research shows that tart cherry juice can increase sleep time and improve sleep efficiency. So, let's talk about the top 3 reasons why tart cherries may aid in treating insomnia.

Reason #1: Tart cherries increase sleep hormones in our bodies

Sometimes the stress of life gets in the way of ample production of melatonin – a hormone that helps us sleep. This sleep hormone is created by our bodies naturally and helps control our sleep-wake cycle. Tart cherries are a great aid to our insomnia problem because they naturally have melatonin in their chemical structure – increasing the amount of sleep hormones in our brains. 

Reason #2: Tart cherries help sleep hormones stay in our bodies longer

In addition to melatonin, tart cherries also contain an amino acid called tryptophan which helps with the production of serotonin –the happy hormone – and more melatonin. Since tart cherries have different enzymes in them, they actually keep tryptophan and melatonin in your body longer, so you can sleep sooner and stay asleep longer. 

Reason #3: Tart cherries are full of nutrients keeping our bodies healthy and happy so sleep comes easy

Tart cherries are full of antioxidants, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, and fiber. These nutrients are helpful in reducing muscle soreness, muscle damage, and muscle pain. Not to mention, it also helps with other types of pain like arthritis, decreasing blood pressure, and protecting your brain from degeneration. All of these benefits help decrease the amount of stress on your body and can help with sleep. 

How Much Tart Cherry Juice Should I Take Before Bed?

The common recommendation is to consume tart cherries about an hour before bed either by drinking a juice or taking a supplement. lWhen it comes to how much to take, doctors recommend starting with 4 ounces of juice, ½ cup of fruit, or the recommended dose for a supplement which you can find on the label. Our HILO Sleep Recovery Gummies contain 100mg of Tart Cherry alongside Melatonin and Chamomile to help you get your best rest. 

Gummies are a great option to get more tart cherry into your sleep routine. They are a convenient source of nutrients and can help your body get ready for bed easily. With tart cherries to keep melatonin in your body longer, chamomile to calm your mind, and some extra melatonin to jumpstart your sleep cycle, HILO’s vegan and gluten-free Sleep Recovery Gummies will help you get the rest you need to have an epic next day!