Does Dream Water Work?


From Episode #1 of the Does It Work Podcast

Americans are chronically, acutely sleep deprived. Dream Water promises better sleep with no drugs. Does it actually work? Let’s talk.

The CDC has officially declared sleep deprivation a public health epidemic. A third of Americans qualify as chronically underslept, and some 50 to 70 million Americans suffer from the more than 70 different types of sleep disorders that exist, the most common of which is insomnia, or difficulty falling and/or staying asleep.

Enter Dream Water. What is Dream Water? It’s a zero-calorie 2.5-oz sleep shot that’s packaged like a 5-Hour Energy, but promises the opposite effect. At Biomarker Labs, we challenged three people to try Dream Water, a sleep aid with GABA, Melatonin, and 5-HTP for five days. We used fitness monitors to measure their sleep quality and duration.

Our data science team analyzed more than 337.52 hours of sleep, comparing the five days taking Dream Water with nine days afterward taking nothing. They measured their sleep using Fitbits. Keep in mind that our challenge had many limitations, including a small sample size, no placebo group, and different Fitbit models between users.

We found taking Dream Water was correlated with a slight increase in total sleep, with the greatest increase in light sleep. On the negative side, our participants did see a slight increase in time spent awake in bed. They also woke up throughout the night 20% more on Dream Water than than on subsequent nights without Dream Water. More problematically, perhaps, is that most challenge takers felt less rested on the days after they drank Dream Water. They were reporting morning-time grogginess and fuzzy headedness.

Read more about how we computed results here.

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