Amid all of the miracle-promising beauty treatments marketed to us daily, it can be helpful (especially for our wallets) to remember than no potion or lotion is more powerful or effective than the simple act of sleeping. It’s called beauty rest for a reason: The effects of sleep on our skin and overall appearance are innumerable. However, quality zzz’s can be even more elusive than whatever Jennifer Lopez is doing to look the way she does, leaving many of us so desperate for rest that we’ll try absolutely anything to knock ourselves out. Here, 6 surprising things that actually work (Xanax not included).
Tart cherries are a natural source of melatonin, and some studies show that drinking tart cherry juice twice a day for two weeks can increase sleep time for insomniacs by 90 minutes. For optimal results, eat or drink the cherries one hour before bedtime.