You May Also Like

all your sex questions answered

Sex experts answer *all* your burning questions about getting it on

Asking for feedback can help you feel good at work

Feeling undervalued at work? Stop the self-doubt spiral with a super-simple solve

Grief after miscarriage

It’s 100% normal to feel angry after a miscarriage

weleda self care rituals zodiac

The best self-care ritual for you, according to your zodiac sign

Jillian Michaels on the benefits of alcohol

Why Jillian Michaels has reversed her thinking on two controversial health practices

barley tea

Barley tea is the sleep-enhancing, constipation-easing beverage your cozy nights need

Dream Water: Do you need this souped-up water to sleep?


The opposite of energy drinks and Starbucks is this sleep-inducing bedtime water meant to help you get your 40 winks. But what's in it?
Bottles of Dream Water
Bottles of Dream Water. It also comes in a 2.5-ounce shot for air travel and those that have to pee a lot in the middle of the night

Considering that almost 70 million Americans don’t sleep well—and that we’re addicted to coffee and energy drinks—we shouldn’t be surprised to see bottles of Dream Water in every Duane Reade.

The opposite of wire-you-up beverages, Dream Water wants to knock you out when the clock strikes bedtime and you’re still staring at the ceiling, going over today’s anxieties and tomorrow’s to-do list.

So what’s in this sleeping-pill-in-a-bottle? Three “naturally occurring chemicals” that can help bring about sleep (so it might be a step in the right direction if you’re using drugs like Ambien):

1. Melatonin, which the body produces to regulate your sleep cycle

2. 5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan), the amino acid that’s released from warm milk and gives a metabolizing assist to L-tryptophan found in turkey

3. Gamma Amino Butyric Acid (GABA), which works like an anti-anxiety, muscle relaxer (Bonus facts: It’s used as an anticonvulsant in drug form, and as topical Botox in some anti-aging skin-care products.)

Still, you might be better off with a bedtime cup of herbal tea. Like a lot of health beverages out there, Dream Water’s ingredients might be found in nature or your body, but they don’t grow on trees (although 5 HTP can be plant-derived). And the drink also contains food dyes and sucralose, a sugar substitute.

What do you think? Does Dream Water sound better than your guided meditation CD or a totally depleting spin class? What are your tricks for getting more shut-eye? —Melisse Gelula

Loading More Posts...

You May Also Like

barley tea

Barley tea is the sleep-enhancing, constipation-easing beverage your cozy nights need

Grief after miscarriage

It’s 100% normal to feel angry after a miscarriage

New study shows depression and arthritis link

Scientists find that people with depression are more likely to have arthritis

weleda self care rituals zodiac

The best self-care ritual for you, according to your zodiac sign

Jillian Michaels on the benefits of alcohol

Why Jillian Michaels has reversed her thinking on two controversial health practices

Sex is different after kids—and that’s a good thing

Sex is different after kids—and that’s a good thing