If you find that you toss and turn just a little too much before falling asleep, cherry juice might be the extra push you need to send you off to dreamland.

Most of us get less sleep than we need, partly because of harmful habits like staring at screens right before bed, which inhibits the body's production of melatonin. Melatonin is a chemical that tells your brain that it's time to hit the hay, so its suppression can make it nearly impossible to go to sleep.


This is where the cherry juice comes in. One glass of the stuff, an hour or two before your ideal bedtime, can kick-start that drowsy feeling and help you fall asleep on time. After a few trial runs myself, I can say that, placebo or not, I definitely had no trouble falling asleep the nights that I gave this a shot.


It should be noted that melatonin supplements, which are also available as over-the-counter pills in most drugstores, are not for everyone. Especially if you're taking an antidepressant or other brain-altering drug, you'll want to check with your doctor before playing with neurochemicals. (I am definitely not a doctor.)

It can be a little harder to actually find the juice, but in NYC, I've had success at Fairway and Gourmet Garage. Pour it in an oversized wine glass for those nights when Scandal is on!

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