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What is the "Sleepy Girl Mocktail" and does it work?

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What is the "Sleepy Girl Mocktail" and does it work?
Are you struggling to sleep in the winter months? Discover the benefits of the viral "Sleepy Girl Mocktail" that aims to help, and find out whether it works
Let’s face it, most of us are familiar with the struggle of leaving our cosy beds in wintertime. Scientific research even suggests that whilst humans don’t hibernate, we do need more sleep during the dark, winter months as less sunlight and colder nights means getting quality sleep is tougher. The quest for effective sleep remedies has surged globally by 25% since the onset of winter, as people seek ways to enhance their sleep routines.
With this in mind, the experts at Mattress Online sought insight on the viral ‘Sleepy Girl Mocktail’. A trendy concoction boasting over 1.5 million TikTok views which promises a good night of shut eye, and with two in five trying to drink less alcohol in 2024, this mocktail might just be the perfect non-alcoholic, healthier option to your trusty evening glass of wine.

What is the "Sleepy Girl Mocktail"?

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Approximately one-third of adults aren’t getting the amount of sleep we require, but "The Sleepy Girl Mocktail" may be able to help. Originally shared by creator Gracie Norton, her TikTok video showcasing the mocktail recipe has garnered over 100,000 likes.

The ingredients and how to make it

1. Ice
Start with a refreshing foundation of ice, not only adding a crisp chill to your mocktail but also setting the stage for a soothing and calming beverage.
2. Pure tart cherry juice
Pour in the vibrant and naturally sweet essence of tart cherry juice. Renowned for its melatonin content, this ingredient serves as a potent sleep aid, potentially expediting your journey into a restful slumber.
Photo of many cherries
3. One tablespoon magnesium powder
Introduce the scientifically-backed relaxation agent—magnesium powder. A tablespoon of this crucial ingredient contributes to the calming effects, interacting with neurotransmitters, reducing cortisol levels, and enhancing melatonin production.
4. Lemon-flavoured soda or sparkling water
Add a zesty twist with lemon-flavoured soda or sparkling water. Beyond imparting a delightful citrusy note, this effervescent element uplifts the overall mocktail experience, creating a harmonious blend of flavours.

Making the "Sleepy Girl Mocktail" your own

As you start the process of blending these ingredients, it's noteworthy that the measurements offer a degree of flexibility. Tailor the proportions to align with your taste preferences, ensuring a personalised touch to your sleepy mocktail.
However, amid the freedom to customise, bear in mind the advice from experts regarding the safe daily intake of magnesium, averaging around 400mg. Striking this balance is not just about crafting a delightful beverage but also about prioritising your wellbeing.
"Tailor ingredient amounts to your personal preferences, but don't intake too much magnesium"
Furthermore, consider the broader context of your daily nutritional intake. Reflect on the other beverages and foods consumed throughout the day, as they contribute to the overall magnesium intake. Maintaining awareness of your dietary choices ensures a holistic approach to supporting your sleep routine.

The benefits of the "Sleepy Girl Mocktail"

Tart cherry: Tart cherry juice is known to contain melatonin, a sleep hormone often taken as a supplement to aid with sleep. The hypothesis is that incorporating this juice into your bedtime routine may augment the melatonin your body naturally produces, meaning a quicker transition into sleep.
"Tart cherry juice is known to contain melatonin, a sleep hormone"
Magnesium: Research indicates that magnesium supplementation can be effective in addressing primary insomnia, impacting sleep duration. Magnesium helps with relaxation by interacting with certain neurotransmitters, decreasing cortisol levels, and increasing melatonin.

What to eat before bed for a better night’s sleep

Carbohydrates (e.g., pasta and rice):
Despite their negative reputation, carbs are essential for our diets and can contribute to improved sleep. They increase the availability of tryptophan, an amino acid that produces melatonin. Opt for complex carbs like brown rice or whole grains to avoid blood sugar spikes.
B Vitamins (from protein sources like poultry and nuts):
Crucial for brain function, B vitamins are involved in melatonin production. A slight deficiency can disrupt sleep. Vitamin B12, found in animal-based foods, is crucial; for vegans, focus on high-quality protein sources like nuts and lentils.
Melatonin (from plant foods, such as peppers):
While the body produces melatonin naturally, certain plant-based foods, including vegetables (especially peppers), mushrooms, legumes, and select berries, contain melatonin with natural sedative properties.
Many red, orange, and yellow bell peppers
Magnesium sources (seeds like pumpkin, hemp, sesame, sunflower, flaxseeds, almonds, and dried thyme):
Essential for muscle relaxation, magnesium enhances melatonin secretion, promoting better sleep.
Zinc (found in oats, wheat germ, sesame seeds, oysters, meat and eggs):
Linked to improved sleep quality, zinc intake from various sources can contribute to a better night's sleep.
Supplements and sleep:
Some supplements containing ingredients such as sugar or caffeine have the potential to interfere with sleep. It is recommended to refrain from consuming vitamin B, multivitamins, energy herbs, vitamin D, calcium, and vitamin C close to bedtime.
"Some supplements containing sugar or caffeine can interfere with sleep"
For optimal absorption and to avoid late-night cravings and potential indigestion, it is advisable to take fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K) with meals during breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Banner photo: What is the "Sleepy Girl Mocktail" and how does it work? (credit: Kampus Production (Pexels))
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