Recently, a friend (who HATES swallowing pills) asked me for a recommendation on a good, ready-to-drink sleep supplement. “Ready-to-drink” rules out my longtime favorite Natural Calm, as it comes in powder form to mix yourself. That left me with a chewable option as well as two solid sleep-boosting “shots”: Food for Sleep and Dream Water. Of the two shots, my friend wanted to know, which would I recommend?
Honestly, they’re both good, definitely in the top quartile of the supplements I’ve tried. Overall, Dream Water’s triple stack of GABA, Melatonin, and 5-HTP is the stronger drink. It’s helped me fall asleep faster and experience overall deeper sleep. The downside of that, however, is that getting under 8 hours of shuteye after taking Dream Water can leave me groggy and slow to start my day. It’s a supplement I like to take when getting more sleep is a priority — and that’s when I have time for it.
Food for Sleep, in contrast, helps improve the sleep I’m getting even if I don’t have a full 8 hour window. Sure, it’s a solid supplement to improve sleep quality at night, but I’ve also found its natural L-Tryptophan useful in getting more out of naps as well. It’s also one of my main weapons in the fight against jet lag, and it’s one of the few things I’ve ever tried that helps me get decent rest on redeye flights. The addition of tart cherry in its ingredient list also makes it great for reducing muscle soreness, so it’s what I tend to reach for the night after a hard workout.
I’m a fan of both shots, but for me, it boils down to this: Dream Water is the better shot for long, deep sleep, while Food for Sleep will enhance almost any period of rest and is an especially flexible tool for traveling.