14/08/2014 16:43 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Sleep Tips: Cherry Juice Can Help You Sleep, New Study Reveals

Struggling to get a good night's sleep? Reach for the cherry juice, says new report. An apple a day keeps the doctor away and it turns out two glasses of cherry juice will lead to a better night's kip.

Knocking back one glass of cherry juice in the morning and another in the evening can boost sleep time among adults by nearly 90 minutes, researchers from Louisiana State University found.

Looks like good news for those relying on sleeping pills to get some much-needed rest. Today, insomnia is a common health problem among adults with those suffering said to be struggling to sleep on average more than three nights per week.

While it can be simply annoying for some, longterm sleeplessness can seriously impact our health and is linked to chronic pain, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and dementia.

The researchers studied seven adults who suffered from insomnia and asked them to drink cherry juice twice a day over two weeks. Later, the same group took a placebo drink.

It was found that those who drank the tart cherry juice in the morning and at night were able to sleep more than an hour longer each night compared to the placebo, with their sleep tending to be more efficient.

However, cherry juice isn't the only thing you can consume before bed in order to catch those Zs. Check out the gallery below to see what else you can eat and drink to ensure a better night's sleep...
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