Quality sleep can contribute to better post exercise recovery, as this is when the body’s complex repair process is most active. However, many active people, whether regular gym goers or professional athletes, may suffer from exercise-induced insomnia in the form of prolonged sleep onset latency.
Several studies show that drinking Montmorency cherry juice can improve the quantity and quality of sleep.
Montmorency cherries are one of the few known food sources of melatonin, a natural compound produced in the brain’s pineal gland, to control the body’s natural sleep cycles and circadian rhythms. Many athletes have low levels of circulating melatonin, which may be a cause, or contributor, to their sleep problems. Inflammation may also play a part in insomnia. Montmorency cherry’s anti-inflammatory properties may also therefore play a part in aiding a good night’s sleep.
Tart Montmorency cherries have been reported to contain high levels of phytochemicals including melatonin, a molecule critical in regulating the sleep-wake cycle in humans.
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