The ingredient list reads like a who's who of natural sleep remedies I've tried individually with minimal relief: Melatonin (helps me fall asleep, but the terrifyingly vivid dreams aren't worth it), magnesium (relaxes me but doesn't help me stay asleep), L-theanine (great for anxiety, not so much for shut-eye), and GABA (I once tried it in a sleep-enhancing blend that didn't quite do it for me). Is it obvious that I went into this experiment feeling a tad cynical?
I still wasn't convinced when I was pleasantly surprised by the taste (like a light fruit juice blend), nor after I could barely muster the energy to drag myself to bed within a few minutes of drinking it. The next morning—the first time I had felt truly well rested in as long as I could remember—I told myself it must have been a fluke.
I told myself this again after another night of blissful sleep, and then another. But after a week of feeling young and sprightly for once (says the cranky 26-year-old), I began to contend that perhaps this stuff really is magic. I even threw in a couple of Som-free nights as a sort of control variable, and sure enough, I struggled to doze off again on those evenings.