CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (PRNewswire) — A team in Cambridge, Massachusetts has created a safer sleep aid with Food for Sleep, a 2 ½ ounce beverage made from foods clinically demonstrated to promote healthy sleep. It's a science-based recipe, made with tart cherry juice and whey protein rich in bioavailable tryptophan. Food for Sleep is available nationwide beginning September 2014.
"There's a huge need to help people sleep without drugs," says the company's Founder and CEO, Bob Jones. "We'd really like to help people sleep well. Sleep is so fundamental to our health, our well-being and maybe even to our sanity."
The Center for Disease Control reports that 50 to 70 million people in the US suffer from disorders of sleep or wakefulness. Most Americans who suffer from poor sleep are too overworked to easily fall asleep at night. In addition, many are concerned about side effects from pharmaceuticals and unsubstantiated herbal remedies.
The Montmorency tart cherry juice used in Food for Sleep was first studied in athletes. Rich in antioxidants, it was shown to promote more rapid muscle recovery.1 However, these athletes also experienced exceptional sleep during the study.
Subsequent research on this tart cherry juice demonstrated increased sleep efficiency and total sleep time in study participants.2 More recent evidence suggests that tart cherry juice may also enhance our natural use of tryptophan, which the body converts to serotonin and melatonin.
Short sleep is associated with a higher risk of diabetes, obesity, heart disease, certain forms of cancer and all-cause mortality.3 Conversely, studies have demonstrated improved health, memory and athletic performance when getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep per night.
Food for Sleep was designed to harness powerful science and help people sleep well again, with confidence and without fear of side effects. Food for Sleep is not a drug — it's just foods.
For more information, visit www.FoodforSleep.com.
Scientific Nutrition Products, Inc.
Bob Jones, 617-475-6013
Jason Paruthi, MD, 617-419-0265
- Connolly DA, et al. Efficacy of a tart cherry juice blend in preventing the symptoms of muscle damage. Br J Sports Med. 2006 Aug;40(8):679-83.
- Howatson G, et al. Effect of tart cherry juice (Prunus cerasus) on melatonin levels and enhanced sleep quality. Eur J Nutr. 2012 Dec;51(8):909-16.
- Grandner MA, et al. Mortality associated with short sleep duration: The evidence, the possible mechanisms, and the future. Sleep Med Rev. 2010 Jun;14(3):191-203.