My doctor said getting more sleep might help me lose weight, but I struggle with insomnia. And sleeping pills leave me too groggy to do anything the next day. Could a change in my diet help?

Absolutely! Consider trying tart cherry juice, a natural source of the sleep-regulating hormone melatonin. British researchers found that sipping the tangy drink twice a day (once in the morning and once before bed) helped women enjoy deeper slumber and sleep 39 minutes longer on average.

This boost in sleep quality and duration can be a big boon for your waistline: Additional studies show that well-rested women lose 55 percent more fat, eat up to 329 fewer calories per day and have lower stress levels than those who don’t get enough shut-eye. To get the benefits, drink 1 oz. of tart cherry juice concentrate diluted with 7 oz. of water upon awakening and again 30 minutes before bed, daily.

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