Have you heard of the “sleepy girl mocktail”?

It’s the latest sleep trend on TikTok…and it’s become so popular that there’s even a Wikipedia entry on it.

Essentially, it’s this:
🍒 Tart cherry juice
💊 Magnesium powder
💦 Seltzer

Mixed together, they create a mocktail that’s said to induce sleep.

But does it actually work?

The answer is…maybe.

🍒 Tart cherry juice contains a small amount of melatonin, which is a hormone involved in sleep regulation.

Now, you have to consume a lot of cherries to get a decent amount of melatonin. One study showed that it would take 2,718 fresh cherries to get 0.3mg of melatonin. (1)

Tart cherries might help with sleep because of their antioxidant properties or effects on tryptophan.

In modern science, we often take a reductionist approach to things, so it’s possible that the potential effects on sleep are from a combination of factors.

More studies are needed to understand the effects of tart cherries on sleep.

If you are going to enjoy a glass of tart cherry juice, read the label to make sure it doesn’t contain added sugars.

💊 Then, we’ve got magnesium.

If you’re on social media or listen to any major wellness influencers, you’ve likely heard all about the benefits of magnesium on sleep.

But this might surprise you – there’s actually not that much research showing that magnesium helps with sleep.

There are a few small studies, but not a ton.

However, that doesn’t mean I don’t recommend it. In fact, many of us do benefit from magnesium supplementation for a variety of reasons.

Magnesium is involved in over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body, may improve symptoms of depression and anxiety, and helps to reduce stress and muscle tension.

And it could help with sleep.

🍹 So, if the sleepy girl mocktail helps you sleep better and doesn’t cause any side effects, enjoy!

But if you’re struggling with sleep on an ongoing basis, then it’s a good idea to get that checked out…because sleep issues are highly treatable.

🎉 To learn more about sleep, you’re invited to join me and a few of my incredible women sleep doctor colleagues at our free, virtual Pyjama Party on Saturday March 16 at 4pm PT. Click here to learn more and save your spot.

To your wellbeing,

Dr. Nishi

Nishi Bhopal MD
Founder, Pacific Integrative Psychiatry