Saturday February 24, 2024

Why is TikTok sleepy girl mocktail not good for health?

Sleepy girl mocktails are being hailed as sleep medicine by TikTokers but it poses unnoticed health risks

By Web Desk
February 03, 2024
TikTokers trying sleepy girl mocktail trend. — TikTok
TikTokers trying sleepy girl mocktail trend. — TikTok

Sleepy girl mocktails, which typically include a carbonated cherry beverage, magnesium supplements, and probiotics like Poppi or Olipop, are designed to induce drowsiness, however, experts caution against taking magnesium if you have diarrhoea or other stomach problems.

This is because high dosages of magnesium have the ability to relax the muscles in the stomach and intestines, which heightens the sensation of urgency, according to Daily Mail.

"I've seen many social media users talk about suffering laxative effects while drinking this mocktail,' said nutritionist Toby King.

Cherry juice, the main ingredient in the sleepy girl mocktail, is supposed to release hormones that induce sleepiness. In addition, melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleepiness and arousal, is found in cherries.

The pineal gland in the brain produces melatonin, and light regulates how much of it enters the body. Because the body's melatonin levels are low during the day due to the eye's absorption of light, we feel awake.

On the other hand, as night falls and the quantity of light that the eyes can absorb decreases, the body produces more melatonin.

Melatonin lowers blood pressure, slows the heart rate, and alters how heat is stored in the body to get the body ready for sleep.

That is why people feel tired but compared to supplements, cherries have a lot less melatonin.

For instance, a 2019 study discovered that the amount of melatonin in 100 grammes of cherry juice was only 0.1% of one milligramme.

The Sleep Foundation states that melatonin levels in supplements range greatly, from roughly 0.3 milligrammes to 20 milligrammes.

The typical adult melatonin intake in the US, according to the EPA, is 4.8 milligrammes.

Additionally, despite studies are conflicting, the mocktails contain magnesium powder, which has been connected to heightened feelings of calm.

According to a 2022 review that was published in the journal Biological Trace Element Research, there was conflicting evidence across observational research and randomised trials about the relationship between magnesium and improved sleep.