Can Sweet Mountain Bing Cherries Help You Sleep?
Insomnia: it’s a name for a common sleep disorder that can include such symptoms as having trouble falling asleep, having trouble staying asleep, and/or an inability to get restful sleep. Just about everyone experiences insomnia from time to time, and it’s always unpleasant. Insomnia can make it hard to get up in the morning, leave you feeling sleepy during the day, decrease your efficiency at work, interfere with your daily activities, and even impact your mood, leaving you feeling irritable, depressed, and anxious.
Serious cases of insomnia should be addressed with a sleep specialist, but if you experience only occasional bouts of insomnia, you may prefer trying to seek sleep remedies yourself. The problem with over-the-counter sleep medications, however, is that their sedative effects can leave you feeling groggy and draggy the next morning. Sipping a cup of chamomile tea, relaxing in a warm bath, or drinking a glass of warm milk with a dash of nutmeg in it before bedtime are natural sleep remedies that can encourage drowsiness and increase the likelihood of a good night’s sleep. And for more stubborn cases of insomnia, melatonin can help.
How Melatonin Helps Your Sleep
Melatonin is a hormone our bodies produce to help us get regular sleep. Our bodies’ production of melatonin is connected to the time of day, increasing when it gets dark and decreasing when it grows light. (This is why many health professionals recommend avoiding electronic screens an hour or so before bedtime, as the light from our devices can disrupt our brain’s natural production of melatonin.)
Our brains produce less melatonin as we age, but even children who are having trouble sleeping can benefit from an increase in melatonin. Natural melatonin supplements are readily available in most grocery stores and pharmacies, but experts don’t recommend taking it daily. A better way to supplement melatonin is through the foods we eat.
Foods That Help Insomnia
There are a variety of foods that offer natural ways to sleep better. Thanksgiving turkey famously contains the amino acid tryptophan, an amino acid that encourages our brains to produce melatonin. Other types of poultry also contain tryptophan, as do dairy products, eggs, nuts, seeds, and oats. A number of these foods also contain calcium, magnesium, and vitamin B6, which also assist in the production of melatonin.
And these aren’t the only ones: if you’re looking for a light, healthy, vegan food option to add to your diet to help you sleep, you can’t go wrong with Sweet Mountain Bing Cherries from Hale Groves!
How Bing Cherries Can Help You Get Some Shut-Eye
It’s true – our Idaho cherries are on the list of foods that contain the chemicals our bodies need to promote a healthy sleep cycle.
You may have already heard the health benefits of tart cherry juice being touted, but sweet Northern Cherries also are a good source of melatonin. This is good news for those who prefer the sweetness of the crisp, delectable Bing Cherry over the pucker-worthy tart variety (such as the Montmorency cherry). So, snacking on a serving of cherries (about 25 fresh, Sweet Mountain Bing Cherries) about an hour before you go to bed for three days may help you go to sleep faster and stay asleep longer, as well as improve the quality of your sleep. You can even check out some cherry recipes to enjoy as an after-dinner treat (cherry cobbler is one of the delights of summer)!
More Health Benefits of Northern Cherries
Better sleep isn’t the only reason to indulge in delectable Sweet Mountain Bing Cherries from Hale Groves. These little stone fruits are packed with fiber, which is known to promote a healthy body weight, improve gut health, reduce cholesterol and heart disease risk, and even promote improved blood glucose and insulin levels. Sweet cherries are also rich in anthocyanins, a group of polyphenols that fight tissue inflammation the same way that ibuprofen and other pain relievers do, which can be a boon to achy joints or muscles sore from summer activities.
Sweet cherries are natural cancer fighters, thanks to high levels of antioxidants such as vitamin C, ellagic acid, and anthocyanins. Those anthocyanins have also been shown to improve heart health in middle-aged women, while the potent polyphenols found in cherries reduce inflammation, promote healthy artery function, and aid in preventing heart disease. Diets rich in sweet northwest cherries have even been tied to a reduction in attacks of gout, a painful form of arthritis that’s tied to high levels of uric acid in the blood (something eating sweet cherries appears to combat).
And for all they’re so sweet, our dark, juicy northwest cherries have zero added sugar and boast a low glycemic index – even compared to other fruits. That means that, unlike an ice cream cone, a serving of sweet cherries offers a healthy way to tame your sweet tooth – one that helps you feel fuller and provides with you a variety of vitamins and minerals that are great for your health.
So, rest easy with an order of Sweet Mountain Bing Cherries from Hale Groves this su
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