cherries for sleepPeople struggle with sleep for a variety of reasons from any number of factors from stress to the common cold. When I recently received a 6-pack of 2.5 oz Food for Sleep bottles, a science-based natural sleep aid, I was intrigued and not entirely for the reason you might think.

Let’s just put it out there – I love to sleep and when I have the chance, I even love to nap. (In fact, just thinking about it and staring at my last bottle of Food for Sleep, I really want to go up and take a nap right now). I go to bed by 10 pm and I get up in the morning around 6 am. Over the years, I can safely say I have had very little problem sleeping – at least until recently – but I will come back to that.

Because I sleep pretty well, I was hesitant to accept the offer to review any type of sleep aid. I do however have a husband and teenager who NEVER sleep well. That said, my teen daughter was very interested in the product and I was tempted to let her try it but then I read that it was NOT recommended for kids under 18 and to check with a healthcare professional before giving it to one. Good thing my teen will be 18 soon. She hasn’t napped since she was 18 months old and really struggles at night. I look forward to seeing if this helps her get just a bit more sleep once she’s old enough. For information like this (age, sleep tips, etc.), there’s a handy online owner’s manual to tell you all the necessary details about the product and how to use it.

I didn’t give my husband the product (yet) because I had my own very specific medial reason for trying it (and again, I’ll come back to that in a minute – keep reading). I also knew he’s not too keen on anything that tastes “different” and this product lives up to it’s reputation as “wicked tart” made of Montmorency cherries, however naturally rich in melatonin and antioxidants that they are. The cherries are mixed with whey and other natural flavors to make up Food for Sleep but it takes downing a bottle or two to get used to it. I really liked it mixed with orange juice, and then on another night – cranberry juice, but you have sugars in those juices that might counteract the sleep benefits and add unnecessary calories so if you can drink it straight, I would say do it.

#1 Reason to Drink Food for Sleep: To Fall Sleep &  Stay Asleep 

The active ingredients in Food for Sleep are tart cherries as mentioned above and whey protein peptide with L-Tryptophan. As seen in the chart below, studies show (and you can read much more on the Food for Sleep website about the science behind this) that tart cherries help you get to sleep — “jumpstarting natural processes” and enhancing your body’s use of tryptophan. The whey containing the tryptophan also helps you fall asleep and stay asleep longer, decreasing the times you wake up.


#2 Reason to Drink Food for Sleep: No Hangover

Ever taken cold medicine too late at night, or heaven forbid, near the morning when you wake up coughing at 3 am and can’t get back to sleep. There is no waking up from that experience in your right mind — much less being able to get in a car and drive kids anywhere like perhaps — school. It’s rough. What I love about this product is that there is no hangover, no out-of-your mind grogginess that leaves you incapable of handling life. It’s all natural! For older adults already taking a variety of medicines, this is a wonderful answer. However, it’s always good to watch for any side effects on anything you take. My mother can’t take anything without her heart palpitating – no matter how natural it is.

#3 Reason (and MY reason) to Drink Food for Sleep: Anti-inflammatory properties for arthritis and maybe gout!

Last week one night, I lay there in bed, wide awake. The big toe joint on my right foot was throbbing. Earlier in the week, I had already had  two bottles of Food for Sleep on two separate nights -  one on the night after my first day on a new job (mind-spinning, lots to think about) and one after working on a full load of curriculum development for graduate courses I will be teaching at a local university, after another full day at work at a new job. Both of the first nights, I probably would have slept okay since I was so exhausted but I am sure the Food for Sleep helped in some way. I did wake up in the night both of those nights around 4 am and 5 am, both almost exactly 7.5 hours from the time I went to bed.

So back to the pain, all I could think about was my dad buying pure cherry juice for his gout years ago (and he has passed away since) and the surgery he had on a bunion that grew on that same big toe joint. According to the Mayo Clinic, gout is a complex form of arthritis that can cause you to awake in the night with the feeling your big toe is on fire. Wow, sounds familiar. I asked my mom about it and she said arthritis ran in the family on both sides. My maternal grandmother drank a daily concoction of apple cider vinegar and honey among other things and never had arthritis a day in life (that we are aware), unlike the rest of her family, making the point that natural remedies do really make a difference.

So, I pulled myself out of bed and went downstairs to “down”  the next bottle of Food for Sleep and then trudged back up to bed. Boom – sleep… no pain — not just that night but for several nights until I felt the twinging again and drank another bottle. Now there you have MY reason for hogging the Food for Sleep. It really does help my aging arthritic joints and thus helps me sleep which apparently helps a wide range of problems!

Before I could write this post, I contacted Food for Sleep to see if I was imagining it – making irrational connections. They kindly provided me with recent articles stating that “Montmorency tart cherry juice reduced blood levels of uric acid and C-reactive protein, a measure of inflammation.” That … “High levels of uric acid are linked to gout, a form of arthritis that can cause severe attacks of intense pain and swelling (inflammation) in various joints, including the big toe and other joints in the legs and arms.” And, there is additional information on the Food for Sleep website covering this topic.

Wow, how about that? Hallelujah! Someone is listening out there and Food for Sleep inventors are the ones. For that reason, I am keeping my last bottle of Food for Sleep to myself and ordering more –  just for me (and maybe I’ll buy a few for my husband and then my daughter when she gets just a bit older).

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{Disclosure: I was given a 6-pack of Food for Sleep for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.}



It’s Thursday and that means a full mailbox

by Alison on October 16, 2014


On Thursdays our street mailbox fills up with ads, circulars, and promotional fare. Do you look through that pile of “junk” mail or just toss it into the recycling bin? I look through it. I may not read all the sale ads, but I am looking for hyper local coupon books, special offers or the ad for The Christmas Tree Shop-don’t tell the hubs.

Not junk mail, but frugal mail:

Two of my favorite promo pieces of mail on this mail day are two padded envelopes. One is from Money Mailer, and one is from Valpak. Both these envelopes are packed with offers from your local area business and services. Shop local. Save local.

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To get the FREE Money Mailer delivered to your street mailbox go to and sign up with your zip code to get offers in your area. Sign up for email offers while you are there. I like the Money Mailer for services and business promotions in our area.


To get the FREE Valpak go to to sign up to get offers in your zip code. I like the Valpak mailer for restaurants and store coupons in our area.

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