If you are plagued by insomnia, you know the stress it can cause. There are several treatment options for the condition, but many people fear becoming dependent upon pharmaceutical sleep agents. Two natural alternatives–valerian and melatonin–have been shown to help insomniacs sleep. Now there is a third: tart cherry juice.

In the past, tart cherry juice blends have been shown to reduce the inflammation and oxidative stress caused by exercise in healthy adults. Participants in the studies that demonstrated these effects reported improvements in their sleep during the studies. These reports lead scientists to postulate two plausible mechanisms for the effect of tart cherry juice on sleep. One theory holds that the participants merely responded to the melatonin present in cherries. The other involves the close relationship between inflammation and sleep regulation; high levels of inflammation can hinder sleep, so any agent that reduces inflammation should help with sleep.

Researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center collaborating with scientists from other institutions recently undertook a project to examine the anti-insomnia potential of tart cherry juice and published their results in the Journal of Medicinal Food. They conducted a randomized, double-blind study in which fifteen elderly insomniacs drank tart cherry juice and a placebo on an alternating schedule for eight weeks. The results showed that the tart cherry juice reduced the severity of insomnia by improving sleep maintenance. In other words, insomniacs drinking the cherry juice woke up less frequently during the night. However, cherry juice did not diminish the amount of time it took participants to fall asleep.

The researchers concluded that tart cherry juice is of modest benefit for insomniacs. It worked better than valerian and at least as well as melatonin, but not as well as cognitive and behavior-modification therapies. However, the authors cited several limitations to their study, including small sample size, inexact sleep measurement methodology, use of only one tart cherry juice formulation and lack of time to experiment with dosing schedules and quantities.

If you would like to include tart cherry juice into your natural sleep-promoting regimen, you could try the following:

Drink Different Doses. In the study, the subjects drank eight ounces of tart cherry juice in the morning and then again one to two hours before bed. You could try to drink more or less of the juice, or drink it closer to bedtime.

Try Different Juice Brands. The researchers used a proprietary cherry juice blend made by CherryPharm, Inc. You could try to use a different blend or even make your own from tart cherries.

Combine Cherry Juice with Other Natural Agents. Supplementation of tart cherry juice with valerian or additional melatonin may produce additive sleep-promoting effects. Remember to consult your doctor before adding any herbal supplements to your health regime, especially if you take prescription medications.


  1. avatar nj12nets says:

    I love to hear about natural herbs and supplements being found to aide with modern issues.

  2. avatar marvin says:

    But cherry is not native to Philippines, How unlucky of me!

  3. avatar kyle says:

    I just needed a sleep machine, simple enough

  4. This is a good natural remedy that I will have to try. It says it’s as good as melatonin, but I'm just afraid it may wake me up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom.

  5. avatar Johnnie C says:

    Here is a free tart cherry sleep report that has some great information on tart cherries and sleep. Here is a link if you are interested:

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  8. This is really interesting, never would have considered cherries, over things like milk or other foods.

    Now if there could only be another food to eat before bed that would allow you to get up quicker in the morning, then we’d have a whole new world! haha.

    hopefully I can return the favor with some good advice in our fat loss tips blog,

    thanks again!

  9. avatar Llacroix says:

    if you jerk off then take 10mg of ambien, you will fall right asleep

  10. avatar Brenda says:

    I agreed about drinking the cherry juice before bed. I have tried it and it does wake me up to go the bathroom. I talked with my doctor and she recommended the Fruit Advantage cherry capsules because they have more melatonin. Here is a link

  11. I like cherry and eat it for the taste but I did not know that it was so useful for our body.
    Thanks dude for this information.

  12. avatar dharait says:

    Wow didnt know that cherry juice could cure insomnia. One of my friends has lately been troubled by no sleep at all. I am sure this article will benefit her. jas_punia here is a good article for your insomnia. Hope you sleep well after this :)

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  17. avatar HCG says:

    The popular fruit cherry now has more to offer other than as a topping in your ice cream.


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