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Do Certain Foods Help You Sleep?

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    For example, there's evidence that both kiwis and tart cherries help people sleep better. Two kiwis consumed an hour before bedtime for four weeks helped participants fall asleep 14 minutes quicker and sleep 40 minutes longer than those who did not consume any kiwis. In another study, this one from the UK, people who drank 8 ounces of tart cherry juice twice a day, 30 minutes after waking up and 30 minutes before dinner, slept longer and more "efficiently" than those who drank a fake cherry drink.

    What could explain why these things help you sleep? The physician says kiwi and tart cherries contain melatonin. Melatonin 10mg uk is a hormone that the body makes on its own. It helps control the sleep-wake cycles. It's also found in some foods and some vitamins.

    The physician says that eating melatonin-rich foods at certain times of the day could help with sleep, but that more study is needed.

    So should you stock up on kiwis and tart cherry juice if you have trouble sleeping? There's probably no harm in trying these out, but at this point, sleep experts don't suggest them to patients. Still, the study is helpful because it backs up the idea that melatonin-rich foods might increase melatonin in the body, which could help people sleep better.

    Some of St-Onge's own study has found proof that other items that contain melatonin may also help people sleep. These include different kinds of dairy foods, like milk from cows that were milked at night, when the amount of melatonin in their milk may be higher. But again, she says more study is needed to find out for sure how eating melatonin-rich foods can affect sleep. Still, there are other, stronger links between food and sleep.​