We Asked A Sleep Expert If TikTok's 'Sleepy Girl Mocktail' Is Worth The Hype

TikTok, like any social media platform, is a place where you can find just about anything and everything. From hacks to tips, there is a lot you can learn in these short-form videos. But with so much content floating around, it's tough to tell which hacks will help and which are simply myths.

The latest trend to make waves is all about helping you go to sleep quicker and rest easier. The "sleepy girl mocktail" is exactly what its name would imply. This mixture of tart cherry juice, magnesium, and club soda has won over many users who claim it's helped them sleep better and reduced the tossing and turning throughout the night. While there are plenty of videos that have their variation of the mocktail, the most commonly referred recipe comes from user @gracie_norton, who shared a TikTok video with her interpretation.

While many skeptics will immediately turn this down as another scam or useless trend, many are turning to this mocktail to help them get a better night's rest. There's no denying that getting good sleep is crucial if you want better health, but could all of your problems be solved with three simple ingredients? To find out whether or not this is another passing trend, we've exclusively tapped in sleep expert and Certified Sleep Science Coach at Sleepopolis Carlie Gasia to give us the lowdown on this viral trend.

What to know about the sleepy girl mocktail

As wild as it may seem, there is some truth to the efficiency of this viral mocktail. "Magnesium is known to play a role in regulating the body's natural sleep cycle," Gasia shares exclusively with Glam. "Tart cherry juice contains melatonin, a hormone that regulates the sleep-wake cycle and has been shown to improve sleep duration and quality in some studies. Club soda, on the other hand, provides hydration and can help promote a feeling of relaxation." 

Meanwhile, Gasia adds that magnesium "is known to play a role in regulating the body's natural sleep cycle, and studies have suggested that consuming magnesium supplements or foods rich in magnesium can help improve sleep quality." While you may be wary about trying this mixture of ingredients, as individual ingredients they are known for their sleep benefits. Although this doesn't exactly prove the validity of the sleepy girl mocktail, the truth is that there is something to learn from the famous recipe.

Like any viral lifestyle hack, it's important to keep in mind that each person is different, and not every tip will work universally. This mocktail, although containing safe ingredients, is not made for everyone. Gasia adds that, like with any sleeping aid you take, it's best to consult with your healthcare provider before taking anything. Each body is unique, meaning it's better to be aware of how any mixture of ingredients can affect you. 

How to get a good night's sleep

The sleepy girl mocktail might be the latest sleep trend, but it's not the only way to ensure you get some shut-eye at night. "... the 'sleepy girl mocktail' may be a refreshing and potentially beneficial drink for some people," Gasia explains in her exclusive chat with Glam. "However, it's important to approach it with caution and not rely solely on the drink for improved sleep and wellness."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends working on your sleep hygiene to get the best possible habits that will make sleeping easier and better. Going to bed and waking up at the same time every day will help you avoid accumulating sleep debt over time. Although it's challenging to have a strict schedule due to life events, try sticking to a similar bedtime every day for a consistent habit. The best possible environment for your sleep includes a dark, fresh room. Keep your room on the cooler side to avoid overheating in your sleep and to feel more comfortable.

Avoiding caffeine later in the day will reduce any jitters before bed. One of the most challenging habits you can adopt includes turning off electronics an hour or two before bed. The blue light emitted by electronics like the TV, computer, and phone will only help to keep you awake at night. Turning off your electronics at the same time every evening will help your brain prepare for sleep.