Som Sleep was developed in response to the Som team’s own problems falling and staying asleep, which they were unwilling to resort to dangerous conventional sleep aids to remedy.
Instead, they wanted a natural solution that was not only safe but is as easy to use as popping open a can and enjoying a uniquely berry-flavored, non-carbonated beverage about 30-minutes before bed.
So, is Som Sleep what you’ve been looking for? There are loads of sleep supplements out there, from Performance Lab Sleep to Melatrol, so it can be difficult to figure out which is right for you. In this review of Som Sleep, we’ll go over its benefits, its ingredients, and more so you can decide if it is worth the purchase.
About Som Sleep
As its name implies, Som Sleep is a product designed to help you get to sleep more easily and stay asleep throughout the night. It does this using a drug-free formula of all-natural ingredients, and in the form of a small, 8.1oz berry-flavored beverage. It is available either sweetened with natural cane sugar, or sugar-free and sweetened with monk fruit and stevia.
Som Sleep Benefits
It Supports Sleep
With 3mg of melatonin (your body’s natural sleep hormone) to help you get to sleep along with the amino acids GABA and L-theanine to help your body remain in a relaxed state, there is no reason this product shouldn’t support deep, healthy, restful sleep.
It Isn’t Habit Forming
With nothing in it, your body doesn’t already manufacture on its own or get from food sources, the only habit it will form is the habit of deep, restful sleep each night.
The product doesn’t contain any dangerous pharmaceuticals or sketchy “all natural” drugs, and instead works with simple amino acids, minerals, and a hormone your body already produces—just not enough lately to help you sleep well!
Som Sleep Ingredients
Found in green tea, gharana, and mate’, L-theanine is an amino acid known to relieve stress and anxiety to help you relax and stay asleep.
GABA is an amino acid naturally manufactured by the body. It is considered a “valium-like” neurotransmitter due to its calming effects on the brain, and has also been proven to help you fall asleep faster and enjoy better quality sleep.
Melatonin is a hormone manufactured by your body that causes you to become drowsy when it’s time to sleep. But stress, caffeine, shift work, and other circadian rhythm disruptions can cause under-production of it, leading to insomnia and poor sleep patterns.
The 3mg of melatonin in Som Sleep should be ample to help even the most stressed-out, over-caffeinated of us nod-off peacefully for a healthy night’s sleep.
Magnesium is an essential mineral found in many foods, including leafy greens, nuts, meat, and shellfish. It also has relaxing qualities to ease muscle tension and help you stay asleep throughout the night.
But, while the 40mg of magnesium citrate included in Som Sleep is something, it falls far short of the approximately 400mg recommended for adults.
An essential vitamin that promotes calm nerves and relaxation in the body, Som Sleep includes a generous 2mg of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) in their formula.
Does Som Sleep Work?
With its combination of ingredients all working together to promote deep, healthy sleep, yes, the product does work.
Its ingredients are also backed by science to meet company claims, so you can be assured you’re not wasting money on snake oil. However, the product needs to be used along with proper sleep scheduling, sleep hygiene, and monitoring of stimulants too close to bedtime.
In other words, while the product isn’t snake oil, it also isn’t a magic sleep formula that will cure all your sleep problems.
That, and there are likely more cost-effective formulas on the market that can do the same thing for less.
Who Is Som Sleep Best For?
Anyone experiencing stress or age-related sleep problems, including trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, should benefit from this product.
It should also only be used by those with around 8-hours to commit to sleeping, and pregnant women should not use the product.
It is also advised that Som Sleep not be consumed along with alcohol, drugs, or other sleep aids.
Claims vs. Reality
What can be said? The company makes no claims it can’t back, including the product working safely and effectively while being drug-free and non-habit forming.
So far, everything we see is true and backed by science.
Is Som Sleep Safe?
Melatonin can leave some feeling groggy-and-foggy the next day, though Som Sleep claims most won’t. Some may, however, need to avoid drinking the entire can for this reason, especially those who are physically smaller.
There is also some yet-unproven concern that using an outside source of melatonin may signal the body to stop producing its own, which could conceivably cause dependency on it. Again though, more research needs to be done for proof.
So far as the other ingredients, as long as the product is used as directed and the user has no allergies to any of its ingredients, there are no other notable safety or side effects.
The product is also gluten-free, certified non-GMO, and contains no artificial ingredients.
- L-theanine, a Natural Constituent in Tea, and Its Effect on Mental State–https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18296328/
- Dietary Neurotransmitters: A Narrative Review on Current Knowledge–https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5986471/
- Melatonin: What You Need To Know–https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/melatonin-what-you-need-to-know
- Reducing occupational stress with a B-vitamin focussed intervention: a randomized clinical trial: study protocol–https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4290459/
- The Importance of Magnesium in Clinical Healthcare–https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5637834/
- B Vitamins and the Brain: Mechanisms, Dose and Efficacy—A Review–https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4772032/#:~:text=2.1.&text=Beyond%20its%20role%20as%20a,noradrenaline%20and%20the%20hormone%20melatonin
Where To Buy Som Sleep
The bad news is that at its current sale price of $23.99 per 12-pack Som Sleep is “only” expensive, and when it goes back up to its normal $29.99, it also moves up to “exorbitant,” at least in our book.
That’s because, for one thing, the product isn’t necessarily unique, and there are plenty of other, less-expensive products on the market that can produce the same efficacy for less cost. That said, none of them we can currently think of come in the form of a lightly berry-flavored drink, though we also question why the formula isn’t presented in a more soothing, warm drink? We’re not sure, though for now, we find the cost-prohibitive.
In addition to their own website, Som Sleep is available through many major and independent online and brick-and-mortar retailers carrying natural sleep supplements. This includes Amazon, GNC, and Walmart.