Most of you have at least once experienced an incident where you were just lying in the bed, staring at the ceiling or watching the sun spread its rays through the curtains as you struggle to sleep.
As per the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, 30 to 35 percent of the American adults have trouble falling asleep every day due to insomnia.
It is actually an issue that has sparked a market of different sleep aids, supplements, and online times, each of which promises a better night’s treat.
One of the recent advancements in these sleep aids in the production of drinkable substances containing GABA, theanine, and melatonin- the ingredients which are commonly linked to sleep and relaxation.
Would this Sleep Aid Work Better than the Others?
The earliest of these products that go by the name of Som Sleep Original or Som Sleep Zero was first launched in January 2018. Since then, it has been creating buzz online with user reviews pouring in regarding its better sleep performance, in athletes particularly.
But apart from its positive buzz, does this type of sleep drink is something that we should chug on in order to enjoy a peaceful sleep?
Scientists have raised a few concerns regarding the use of certain substances. One of the researchers expressed his concern that the people relying on this drink in order to sleep may miss out on the opportunity to actually address their problem.
The use of these products may be bad for health in a way that these products will potentially mask all the underlying sleep-related problems instead of diagnosing them and treating them properly.
For example, if anxiety is one of the reasons why you are unable to sleep properly, drinking this solution will not solve it. It will rather focus on making you sleep in whatsoever way possible instead of working on your anxiety levels.
Sleep is extremely important for your body to work properly, and having said that, individuals are not in any kind of danger of not sleeping.
Scientists have also explained how insomnia can be linked to anxiety which only makes the experience worse.
Insomnia does not mean not being able to sleep, as per the researchers. It is a condition in which you are unable to sleep when you actually want to. More importantly, it is about having a negative emotional response to not being able to control your sleep. This is where anxiety can prove to be the real killer.
This situation can be equated to a hypothetical condition in which you do not wish to eat a certain kind of meal and then you feel the need of taking a tablet to make yourself eat.
Imagine a condition in which you are out with your friends and do not feel like having a chicken Caesar salad but then you come across a drink that helps you feel hungry.
Would you think such type of a drug would be helpful or required at all? No, because in such situations, you would simply skip the meal instead of trying a drug.
Despite all these controversies, there are some experts who do believe in the benefits of this drink and its ingredients.
This drink is an easy way to get sleep without having to rely on any sleep-inducing drugs, as per some people. The calorie count of this drink is also not too high just like its total sugar content, which is good for inducing sleep in any person.
The ingredients present in this drink such as melatonin, L-theanine, magnesium, and GABA have all been documented to reduce stress. Magnesium, in particular, can help reduce anxiety and control any sleeping problems caused due to it owing to its muscle relaxing properties.
It may even be helpful in raising the levels of a protein known as the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF).
Using BDNF is like a miracle for the neurons present in the brain. Melatonin helps in the regulation of the sleep and wake cycle and may provide benefits to people in going to sleep.
L-theanine, another ingredient, is also important for the body since it improves the response of your body towards stress.
At the same time, experts have also cautioned the users regarding this product that it is just a mixture of supplements that can be easily availed over the counter. This means that it will probably work to treat the mild cases- if at all.
The greatest concerns of the experts in favor of this drink also remain the same i.e. people relying more on this supplement to treat a sleep issue such as one related to depression, anxiety, or sleep apnea.
Is it a Costly Night’s Sleep?
Would you pay around $3 for 8 ounces of a drink that supposedly helps you sleep?
According to the experts, if you choose to purchase magnesium or melatonin separately for treating your sleep problems, the cost will roughly become equal to the product.
But whether the product has any benefits or not need to be proved through research trials.
Some experts have shown concern about the real ability of such products to trigger sleep if you move beyond the placebo effect it provides.
If a consumer wishes to go for a melatonin supplement instead of these drinks, the actual key lies in its dosing. You would only require 1 milligram of it. For best effects, it would be better to take it a few hours before your intended bedtime.
In addition to this, it is important for the consumers to remember that supplements available in the market are not regulated according to the same tough standards and rules as those for other medications approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (USFDA).
In short, experts have not been able to speak for the product and its abilities to induce sleep without any side effects. Some of them have, however, shown confidence in the ingredients of this drink, particularly melatonin and magnesium.
Both of these ingredients can help a person fall asleep and in a general sense, they can help treat insomnia every now and then.