Friday, October 22, 2010

Drinks for an Easy Sleep a Drank Review

There are drinks for an easy sleep on the store shelves today like iChill, RelaxZen, Slow Cow and Dream Water which have been called the “anti-Red Bulls” marketed to help those who have trouble falling asleep, fall a sleep easy. These drinks are gaining popularity like energy drinks with sales of $20 million a year, but experts have warned that sleep-inducing melatonin is unsafe in drinks. Drank has 2 milligrams of melatonin which is 20 times the body’s natural amount. Dr. Charles Czeisler, a sleep expert from Harvard medical school claims that hormones shouldn’t be added to beverages since the amount is not controlled due to people drink for thirst and taste rather than only taking a sleep aid supplement when needed.

Dream Water and iChill are sold in 2 ounce shots with 5 milligrams of melatonin which is 50 times the body’s natural amount. Drank, which tastes like grape soda, is sold in a 16 oz can and not only contains melatonin but valerian root and rose hips, two well known supplemental sleep aides. Valerian root is used for restlessness and insomnia with the affects in the same class as Xanax and Valium, but much less concentrated.

Melatonin is a hormone made by the pineal gland, a small gland in the brain. Melatonin helps control your sleep and wake cycles. Very small amounts of it are found in foods such as meats, grains, fruits, and vegetables. Your body has its own internal clock that controls your natural cycle of sleeping and waking hours. In part, your body clock controls how much melatonin your body makes. Normally, melatonin levels begin to rise in the mid- to late evening, remain high for most of the night, and then drop in the early morning hours.

Light affects how much melatonin your body produces. During the shorter days of the winter months, your body may produce melatonin either earlier or later in the day than usual. This change can lead to symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), or winter depression. Many people take a supplement to regulate melatonin deficiencies that may occur from SAD, sleep disorders, working the night shift or jet lag.

Rose hips contain a lot of vitamin C and it’s known to be an important antioxidant. Some experts say it is helpful in dispelling depression, stress, and nervous tension. More commonly, this supplement is taken to help build the body's defense against colds and flu, catarrh, sore throats, and chest infections.

Other ingredients are water, high fructose corn syrup, sucrose, citric acid, natural flavor, sodium citrate, potassium benzoate, potassium sorbate, niacinamide (vitamin B3), d-calcium pantothenate (vitamin B5), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), red #40, blue #1, cyanocobalamin (vitaminB12).

Does Drank work? The effects of Drank are not even close to the effects of Codeine, over-the-counter sleep aides or doxylamine succinate the sedative found in NyQuil. If you are watching your weight you might want to stay away from Drank because it is loaded with high fructose corn syrup. Drinking a drink laden with melatonin like the anti-energy drink Drank could eventually cause many undesirable side effects associated with this hormone. At its worst, improper amounts of melatonin can interrupt a person's circadian rhythm, which can cause a host of other symptoms such as constipation, lethargy, depression, high acidity levels, and breaks in menstrual cycles for women, in rare cases, even organ failure. If you're looking for the relaxation effects of Drank, have a cup of decaffeinated chamomile tea or warm glass of milk instead to sleep easy.

Drank, as it is named, is produced by the Houston-based Innovative Beverage Group, and bears the slogan "slow your roll" as its motto. Does this make Drank sound like a legal drug? Maybe in some ways, it is. In fact, the anti-energy drink's purple color and name are strikingly similar to an illegal drug commonly referred to as "Purple Drank" in hip-hop culture. Manufacturers have not even attempted to hide the similarity between their product and Purple Drank, and is actually marketing their beverage using drug terms. The similarities are undeniable: both purple drank and the new anti-energy drink cause drowsiness, both are purple in color, and both go by almost the same name.

The content provided in Drinks for an Easy Sleep –Drank Review is for information purposes only, intended to raise the awareness of different solutions for sleep problems and should not be considered medical advice. For medical diagnosis and treatment, please see your qualified health-care professional.
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