Eat tart cherries to help overcome jet lag

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Tart cherries are a great source of melatonin, a hormone that assists in regulating sleep and wake cycles, helping to re-set your body clock when flying across timezones. Dried cherries are a more concentrated source of melatonin than fresh ones.

What You'll Need

  • Sour ("tart") cherries

What You'll Do

  • 1. Eat a small handful of sour cherries 30 minutes before trying to sleep on the flight.
  • 2. When you reach your destination, have a small handful of sour cherries 30 minutes before going to bed
  • 3. Continue for the same number of days as the time difference (e.g. if there is a 4 hour time difference, have a handful of tart cherries each night 30 minutes before bed, for 4 days).

Tips & Warnings

  • Sweet cherries do not have the same amount of melatonin so may not work as effectively. You can also try drinking a small glass of tart/sour cherry juice, (available in health food stores), in place of the dried cherries.
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