Dream Water Versus GABAwave: Which Is Better?

Dream Water LabelDream Water and GABAwave are two sleep supplements I keep coming back to (even after testing dozens of other ones, these are both in my top 6 or 7). Both contain GABA (Gamma-aminobutryic Acid), but despite sharing an active ingredient, that’s about where the similarities end.

Dream Water is a robust stack featuring several active ingredients: GABA, melatonin, and tryptophan-related compound 5-HTP. I’ve had a lot of success taking it right before bed, both as a full serving for deep, long nights of rest and as a half serving to improve my rest quality on nights where I’m sleeping for under 7.5 hours. It’s a highly absorbable shot and seems to hit very quickly, which usually helps me fall asleep faster than when I’m not supplemented.

GABAwave LabelGABAwave, in contrast, has only one active ingredient: a proprietary form of GABA — 600 mg worth, which is more than the entire combined active ingredient amount in Dream Water. GABAwave is best taken before noon, and I feel its effects for up to two days after taking it. That means more-restful-than-normal sleep along with increased focus and reduced anxiety during the day. GABAwave is a sleep enhancer and nootropic, and it generally elevates my feelings of calm and focus whether I’m awake or asleep. It’s very potent, though, and the manufacturer itself (Dave Asprey’s Bulletproof/Upgraded Self) recommends not taking more than three ampules per week.

Need help falling asleep and staying asleep? Dream Water is a great option right before bed. Looking for a strong dose of GABA with a broad range of focusing, calming effects? GABAwave is the best “sleep supplement” I’ve found for that, though it doesn’t really feel like or act like a “normal” sleep supplement.


Having written hundreds of articles on SupplementYourSleep.com, Caitlyn knows what she's talking about when it comes to getting the best night's sleep. When not sleeping, reading about sleep, or writing about sleep, you can usually find her at the gym. Want to get in touch? The best way is to leave a comment on one of her articles.