It seems like falling asleep (or staying asleep) is something everyone struggles with at one time or another. It also means that everyone is looking for a trick or “hack” that can guarantee you a good night’s rest. Here’s one that’s been circulating on TikTok recently: people claim to drink tart cherry juice right before bed, which helps them fall asleep faster. One designer, Alana (@missalanablack), recently shared that it transformed her sleep schedule.
“Why didn’t I hear about cherry juice sooner? I’ve taken so many supplements to help me fall asleep, stay asleep…all I needed was cherry juice? I saw a video here that said, “Drink a cup and you’ll be out. Fifteen minutes and I was out. I haven’t woken up once all night. So if you haven’t tried it and you’re having trouble sleeping, baby, bring yourself some tart cherry juice. That works.
Currently, Alana’s video has 1.7 million views, 196.5k likes and a comment section full of thanks.
Also, for your own sake, I also found this warning terrifying:
I spoke with Alana, a 25-year-old content creator based in Maryland, who said she’s always had trouble falling asleep. She explained: “I have a really hard time falling asleep unless I’m extremely exhausted.” Alana also said she had tried many other products that claimed to aid sleep – including melatonin gummies and sleep sprays – but none were successful until she tried drinking some. tart cherry juice before bed. She said, “Since the day I tried it, I can’t live without it! It works extremely good for me, and I really believe it will be part of my routine forever.”
Alana said that before, a typical night’s sleep started around 1 or 2 a.m. But when reviewing her nighttime routine with tart cherry juice, she explained, “I’ll drink it around 8:30 p.m. after I finish my nighttime routine and go to sleep. within 15 to 30 minutes.”
This hack sounded too good to be true, so I went to check with Dr. Shelby Harris, a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in behavioral sleep medicine and is certified by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Dr. Harris explained that tart cherry juice contains a higher amount of melatonin, the body’s hormone that controls sleep, which means it can be beneficial if you have trouble falling asleep. However, she also advised against putting all your faith in hacking and said, “The melatonin in tart cherry juice may help some people sleep better if you have the occasional bad night here and there, but that’s not is probably not going to be the cure for chronic insomnia that many people claim to be.”
If you’re willing to try this trick, Dr. Shelby said if you want to see effects, you don’t have to overdo it. She said, “I wouldn’t recommend drinking more than one glass, or 8 ounces, of tart cherry juice before bed, or mixing concentrate with 8 ounces of water.” She also cautioned against overindulging and said, “If you don’t notice any improvement after one drink, drinking more probably won’t give you any additional benefit.”
Ultimately, Dr. Shelby said the real key to a good night’s sleep is consistency. She explained, “Going to bed and waking up at the same time each day is important for maintaining your circadian rhythm and helping you get better quality rest at night. Try to keep your bedtime/wake-up time as consistent as possible, and don’t extend your wake-up time by more than 90 minutes if necessary.”
Dr Shelby also recommended limiting your screen time before bed and said: “Try to relax 30-60 minutes before bed, ideally without a screen. Exposure to blue light from cellphones, computers, tablets, and televisions can interfere with your circadian rhythm, making it harder to fall asleep and deteriorating the quality of your sleep.”
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