Lettuce water is the latest TikTok health trend going viral for its sleep-inducing effects.
Apparently drinking lettuce water, by adding boiled water to washed lettuce leaves has the ability to make insomniacs (like yours truly) feel sleepy.
TikToker, Shapla shared a video of her trying the lettuce water before bed, claiming that it helped her feel sleepy, and quite frankly put her to bed. To date, the video has garnered over 1.5 million views.
@shapla_11 if you can’t sleep, try this #lettucewater #insomnia #lifehacks #fyp ♬ A Day in My Life – Soft boy
Since then #lettucewater has garnered a whopping 43.7 million views with plenty of TikTokers adding their own experience and findings to the conversation.
What does science say about lettuce water and sleep?
According to a 2014 review article, the factors promoting sleep in human beings are the functional foods, of which lettuce is one.
Other functional foods contributing to good sleep hygiene are barley grass powder, whole grains, maca, Panax, Lingzhi, asparagus powder, cherry, kiwifruits, walnut, Schisandra wine, and milk; Barley grass powder with higher GABA and calcium, as well as potassium which is the most ideal functional food promoting sleep.
Traditionally, lettuce has been recommended for its hypnotic property, with the main component found in the n-butanol fraction of this plant.
So, will you be having lettuce before bed tonight?
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