How to sleep: The drink that could boost sleep time ‘by an average of 85 minutes’ – study

SLEEPING through the night is not something everyone is always able to do, and there is a lot of advice to be found around improving your quality of sleep, and adopting healthy sleep routines. This may include dietary changes.


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Everyone needs different amounts of sleep. On average adults need seven to nine hours, while children need nine to 13 hours. Toddlers and babies need 12 to 17 hours of sleep, every day. People with insomnia will regularly find it hard to go to sleep, and can wake up several times during the night and lie awake at night. Fortunately, some drinks can help people with their sleep.

If you have insomnia for less than three months, it is called short-term insomnia. Insomnia that lasts three months or longer is called long-term insomnia.

For most, sleep problems tend to sort themselves out within about a month, according to the NHS.


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The NHS says: “Most people experience problems with sleep in their life. In fact, it’s thought that a third of Brits will have episodes of insomnia at some point.”

Healthline says that tart cherry juice “may be a safe and effective way to treat insomnia and increase the amount of sleep you get each night”.

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It explains: “That’s because tart cherries are naturally rich in melatonin, a hormone responsible for sleepiness.

“Moreover, tart cherries contain a good amount of tryptophan and anthocyanins, two compounds that may help the body create melatonin and lengthen its effects.”

It says that research shows that supplementing with tart cherry juice increases levels of melatonin and helps “improve sleep quality and duration”.

Indeed, it notes that in one study, participants suffering from insomnia drank either 16 ounces (480 ml) of tart cherry juice or the same amount of a placebo juice each day for two weeks.

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