These Sleep-Inducing Drinks Are Like Zzz's In a Bottle
And, no, they aren't tea.
Sleeping Beauty touched a spindle and passed out for 100 years-if only getting some shut-eye were that simple in the real world. Luckily, sleep-inducing drinks are a trendy alternative for those looking to switch up their nightly cup of chamomile.
Drinks that make you drowsy are the newest healthy sips. You've likely seen them-including Snoooze ($20 for six), Neuro Sleep ($24 for 12), Vital Proteins Collagen Shot in Sleep ($54 for 12), and Som Sleep ($10 for four)-all over your Instagram feed.
The formulas contain ingredients specifically crafted to help you catch those extra zzz's, including valerian (a calming herb), melatonin (the sleep hormone), and magnesium (a muscle-relaxing mineral).
While most ~fancy~ drinks have overhyped benefits, these might be worth a try: There's some pretty promising research linking magnesium to sleep, and melatonin can have a pretty effective sedating effect.
"Valerian root works by subtly increasing a neurotransmitter known as gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain," says registered dietitian nutritionist Maggie Michalczyk, R.D.N., founder of the Once Upon a Pumpkin blog. "It has been found to lead to feelings of calmness and relaxation."
But before you start chugging one nightly, know this: These drinks can help you drift off, but you should switch back to plain water every third night so your body can practice snoozing naturally, suggests Alex Dimitriu, M.D., founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine in California.
"As with all sleep-inducing aids or supplements, I often advise my patients to try taking a night off use to focus on proper sleep hygiene and to 'learn' how to sleep without substances as well," says Dr. Dimitriu.
He also recommends looking into the ingredients in each drink and figuring out which ones help you on an individual level. "Often, these drinks will contain a mix of sleep-inducing natural substances," he says. "With that information, it may be helpful to try the ingredients independently-not in a mixed or pre-made drink-to experiment and see which may be most useful." (Consider trying some pre-bed yoga and meditation too.)