Can Relaxation Drinks Induce Sleep?
Previously, relaxation beverages meant warm milk, chamomile tea and alcohol. But, new relaxation drinks have hit the market containing ingredients such as tryptophan, Valerian root and melatonin. These drinks promise to give sound sleep. Their brand names include Dream Water, iChill and Unwind, and their flavors have such groovy names as Lullaby Lemon, Snoozeberry and Berry-Berry Tired.
Are They Effective?
But, are these relaxation drinks really effective? Health experts say the answer is not clear. For one, there have not been many revealing studies done yet on the effectiveness of relaxation drinks. These beverages contain melatonin as their main ingredient. Melatonin is a sleep-inducing hormone secreted by the body’s pineal gland.
High Melatonin Content
Our body does not produce even a milligram of melatonin each day. But, Snooz’n contains five milligrams of melatonin, while Unwind hosts three milligrams in a 12-ounce can. A study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society revealed that a pre-bedtime drink containing zinc, magnesium and five milligrams of melatonin improved sleep significantly in the study group of elderly insomniacs.
Snooz’n Claims to Cure Insomnia
Snooz’n claims it can battle sleeplessness, the effects of energy drinks and stress. It can take around 30 minutes to be effective. Snooz’n will be available nationally from March and will be sold in pharmacies, and convenience and grocery stores. Snooz’n’s manufacturer claims that the drink can cure insomnia by reversing the effects of stimulants and promoting natural sleep. Snooz’n hosts chamomile, Valerian root and melatonin which enable it to achieve its purposes.
Not For All
These relaxation drinks come in containers that look similar to energy drinks. Their flavors can range from pleasant and fruit-flavored to something resembling a cough syrup. Many relaxation drinks contain warnings that drinkers should not operate machinery or drive after consuming the drinks. The beverages should not be mixed with alcohol. Some of these beverages are forbidden for nursing and pregnant women, and youngsters below 18 years.
Last year, the FDA had warned the manufacturer of the relaxation drink Drank that the melatonin contained in it was not safe. Yet, Drank continues to be available, still containing melatonin. Many drinkers of these functional beverages, which means relaxation, energy and sports drinks, say they are looking to release stress. There is a boom in these relaxation beverages with 40 new products entering the market last year.
Dietitians warn that those suffering ailments like high blood pressure need to consult their doctors before trying relaxation drinks. Though they are perceived as safe, it is better to be on guard before committing to using relaxation beverages.