Sleeping Beauty touched a spindle and fainted for 100 years – if only one eye could be kept in the real world. Fortunately, sleep-promoting drinks are a trendy alternative for those who want to push up their nocturnal cup of chamomile.
Drinks that make you sleepy are the latest healthy mouthfuls. You've probably seen them – including Snoooze ($ 20 for six), Neuro Sleep ($ 24 for 12), Vital Protein Collage (54 for 12) and Som Sleep ($ 10 for four) – all via your Instagram feed.
The formulas contain ingredients specially formulated to catch this extra zzz, including valerian (a soothing herb), melatonin (the sleep hormone), and magnesium (a muscle-relaxing mineral).
While most are ~ fancy ~ drinks have exaggerated merits, these might be worth a try: There are some promising research that associate magnesium with sleep, and melatonin can have a pretty effective sedative effect.
"The valerian root works by subtly enhancing a neurotransmitter known as gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain," says registered nutritionist Maggie Michalczyk, R.D.N., founder of the Once Upon a Pumpkin blog. "It has been shown to create feelings of calm and relaxation."
But before you start chugging a night, you should know the following: These drinks can help you drift off, but you should switch back to normal water every third night. Body can practice snoozing in a natural way, suggests Alex Dimitriu, MD, founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine in California.
"As with all sleep-inducing aids or nutritional supplements, I often recommend that my patients take one night to focus on proper sleep hygiene and" learning "to" learn "without even taking substances, says Dr. Dimitriu.  He also recommends exploring the ingredients in each drink and finding out which ones help you on an individual level. "These drinks often contain a mixture of sleeping pills that make nature sleep," he says. "This information can be helpful in trying the ingredients independently – not in a mixed or pre-made drink – to experiment and see which ones are most useful. "(Also, consider some yoga in front of the bed and meditation.)