MARLO THOMAS
11/11/2013 10:11 am ET

A Juice That Helps With Sleep, From Dr. Oz (VIDEO)

Could a juice actually act as an effective sleep aid? It just might, according to Dr. Oz , Daytime Emmy Award winning host of "The Dr. Oz Show," For many people, sleep aids like melatonin just don't do the trick. According to Dr. Oz, this is for two main reasons: 1) Most people take way more melatonin than the recommended dose, rendering it ineffective. 2) Many people take melatonin too late at night. In order for melatonin to work properly as a sleep aid, it requires 2-3 hours to circulate in the body. Try taking melatonin right after dinner to allow ample time for absorption.

Another sleep aid method for some is to have a glass of wine or two before bedtime. Dr. Oz warns against this habit, as alcohol in any amount could affect your natural sleep cycle, especially in women.

So what does the doctor recommend? His answer may surprise you! Drink a glass of tart cherry juice as you finish your dinner. It contains natural traces of melatonin, so by the time it starts to kick in, your body will be naturally ready for bed.

Learn more about Dr. Oz's Partnership for a Healthier America.

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