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Every day there seems to be a new cure for insomnia. May it be a pill or a special pair of pyjamas, the news reports a new one practically every week. One of these supposed cures is drinking cherry juice every night, but is there any truth to the claims?

Well according to some studies it seems to, but only if you drink a particular type of cherry juice – tart Montmorency cherry juice. Researchers at the Louisiana State University in the United States conducted their research Cherry-cartonon a group of 15 individuals with an average age of 68 who had all had previous troubles with insomnia. The participants all drank one glass of the tart cherry juice and one glass at night and at the end of the two week study they reported that when they went to bed they had slept 90 more minutes during the night.

This all sounds very promising, but the research itself has its flaws. There were only a few people tested and over a very short period of time. The test had both a placebo group and a group that received the cherry juice. The placebo group reported having more sleep overall, however, the cherry group also reported improvements in many more areas. This included improvement in their insomnia severity, the number of minutes awake after the onset of sleep, total sleep and sleep efficiency. So it appears the cherry juice did actually help with their insomnia, although these improvements were only slight so the cherry juice is far from being a cure to our sleep woes.

The science behind the cherry juice is due to the juice containing very high levels of melatonin – which is often a drug prescribed to help with insomnia – so the idea is that by drinking the cherry juice you should flood your system with melatonin and help you get to sleep at night more naturally.

So will cherry juice cure your insomnia? Well, to be honest, there isn’t enough substantial research to prove for or against the powers of Montmorency, however it will certainly do you no harm to try the try the juice out and monitor if it makes any difference to your sleeping at nights.

More importantly, if you are suffering from sleeping issues at night is to visit your doctor and see if there’s a medical reason for your troubles. You should also try to make other changes to your sleeping habits to see if anything can help with your issues.

All sorts of things can affect our sleep at night – our health, diet, stresses and even our beds can all effect how many hours of sleep you get at night. Simple things like changing your mattress, decorating your room, removing technology and even losing weight can all help you get to sleep at night. And, if you are struggling, it’s incredibly important that you do make these changes as getting 6-8 hours of good quality sleep a night is utterly essential for us all to function properly the next day. Cherry juice might not be the answer, but there are definitely ways to help you get the best night’s slumber you can. It’s all down to trial and error...............or is it?

There could be a problem with your bed or mattress. If it's over 7 years old and showing signs of wear and tear, give it an MOT. In our trade this is a Mattress Obsolescence Test. If your body is not already telling you it’s time for a replacement, this test will certainly help you.

Just run through this list of questions and if there are more than 5 that are answered yes, it’s certainly time to visit us Keymer Road, Burgess Hill, West Sussex, RH15 0AD.

  • Is it over 7 years old?
  • Is the ticking (cover) excessively marked or stained?
  • Does it make strange sounds during the night?
  • Do you prefer to sleep somewhere other than your own bed?
  • Do you get up in the morning still feeling worn-out?
  • Do you both naturally roll into the middle?
  • Is the bed big enough for you?
  • Does the mattress sag?
  • Has it reached a stage where it is just plain uncomfortable?
  • Do you feel over crowded in bed?
  • Is the base or bed frame in good condition?
  • Do the legs or castors show signs of deterioration?

It’s quite possible that your divan base or bed frame are perfectly alright. In that case, you might just need to replace your mattress. However, a word of advice relating to bases. If you have an old sprung base, we would always recommend that this was replaced along with the mattress. If the old mattress is sagging, the indentations are likely to be mirrored in the springs on the base. A base with a solid top, which is also known as platform top or padded top might well be reusable. If it feels right and doesn’t have any cracks or dips, you will probably get away with using it. However, you should be aware that some manufacturers have a reduced guarantee for mattresses bought without a new base.

If you’re not certain, or need any help or guidance, please call us on 01273 857338 and one of our team will be pleased to advise you. 

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