Cherry Juice = Insomnia Cure?

Numerous stories are floating around in the media this week about research that suggests a new and painless insomnia cure.  Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, University of Rochester in New York and the VA Center of Canandaigua in New York say tart cherry juice may help fight insomnia because it contains melatonin – a chemical in the body that regulates the sleep/wake cycle.

According to the UPI story on the research:

[Researchers] had 15 adults drink 8 ounces of tart cherry juice beverage in the morning and evening for two weeks. They compared this to a comparable juice drink, with no tart cherry juice, given for another two-week period.

Those who drank the tart cherry juice saved about 17 minutes of wake time after going to sleep, on average, and reported significant reductions in insomnia severity, while those who drank the other juice drink has little change in insomnia.

The findings are published in the Journal of Medicinal Food.