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What Do Tart Cherry Juice & Magnesium Have In Common? Your Pillow.



Today’s post on good sleep is actually a guest post from a health and wellbeing writer Adrienne Santos-Longhurst but of course I had to butt in and add my own tips on how to get more and better zzz’s. The importance of sleep is bigger than we think and my partner and I are really trying to get a good routine going. We’ve cut down on coffee and we have a rule of no laptops or phones in the bedroom. I hope you enjoy this post and I welcome your own tips and suggestions on how to the best shut eye.

Sleeping, much like eating right and exercising, is something that we all know we need to do more of but don’t. For most of us, getting enough sleep feels like a luxury that we can’t afford and that’s not surprising given the hectic lives we lead. Between work, school, and family responsibilities, it feels like there are just never enough hours in the day and we often put everything else ahead of sleep. Regardless of how busy you may be though; getting enough sleep needs to become a priority if you want to be able to make the most of the time that you do have, both in the day-to-day grind and long-term.

How Sleep Affects Your Health

Aside from just feeling downright awful when we’re sleep deprived, not getting enough sleep has been linked to several serious health issues, including:

Obesity. Studies have found several links between not getting enough sleep and weight gain. One found that people who often get less than six hours of sleep each night have a significantly higher body mass index (BMI) than those who regularly get eight hours or more. When we sleep, our bodies secrete the hormones responsible for appetite control and the way our body metabolizes energy and processes blood sugar—something that insufficient sleep throws off. And, sleep deprivation also increases our cortisol levels which also lead to weight gain. In turn, this extra weight and the hormone imbalances we experience when we don’t sleep enough puts us at a higher risk of diabetes. And of course, obesity also raises our risk of heart disease, cancer, and more.

High blood pressure. According to the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School, even just one night of inadequate sleep can raise blood pressure the following day in those who already have hypertension. This is said to be one of the main reasons why poor sleep is linked to heart disease and stroke.

  1. You say ‘tart’ cherry juice, as opposed to sweet cherry juice I assume? Can I buy from the supermarket? Thanks

    1. Maybe not from every regular supermarket but I have seen it in green grocers, also health food stores might stock it. And yes, I believe the research highlights tart cherry juice specifically but I am sure that regular sweet cherry juice (being of the same family) would have similar compounds but maybe not in the same concentration.

  2. I have sleeping difficulties and know it’s for all these reasons! Inspired to do something about it. LOVE cherry juice. Will make it a budget priority! Thanks!

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