Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Dream Water

I have never lived in a time where money grows on trees and water turns into wine. However, we do live in an era where technology blended with supplements can turn water in to rest, relax, sleep and even dream.  I took the Dream Water challenge from the sponsors of sleep.

The Look: Both 2.5oz shots and 8oz waters are in a sleek white bottle advertising Dream Water in blue. It clearly states it’s all natural, zero calorie and flavors that include: Lullaby Lemon (with hints of tea), Snoozeberry and I Dream of Kiwi.  The product looks clear but the consistency is a little thicker than water without being syrupy. In the background there is a tribal like design, in light grey symbolizing a dream catcher. 
(8.5 out of 10)
The Taste:  On this review, I tried the shots which include Lullaby Lemon and Snoozeberry. I look forward to trying "I dream of Kiwi" soon. (Which is only available in the 8oz version)
Lullaby Lemon: Has a smooth light hint of fresh lemon taste. I didn’t get the hint of tea flavoring but was not disappointed. I would actually drink this flavor if it was incorporated into a regular drink such as a vitamin water etc. It’s not sour, tangy nor bitter. There is a slight artificial sweeter aftertaste but it quickly diminishes. (8 out of 10)
 SnoozeBerry: This flavor is a combination of pomegranate and blueberries is not like other flavors I’ve experienced with this combo. It’s very mild flavor is pleasantly surprising. It’s not sour or tart at all. Like the Lullaby Lemon it’s sweetened with stevia and will leave a hit of an after taste. Yet it also quickly diminishes and is not at all unpleasant. (8 out of 10)
Does it work: 150mg of the “Proprietary Sleep and Relaxation blend” is made of GABA, Melatonin and 5 HTP – most commonly known as L-5 hydro tryptophan? 
Gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA) without getting too scientific, GABA is an important chemical within the human brain. It is an inhibitory neurotransmitter, and as such it serves the brain by regulating the firing of neurons. Without gamma-amino butyric acid, your muscles would be constantly tense, your mind would never stop racing, and your overall ability to function would be severely impaired. GABA supplements can be taken to increase this valuable resource in your body.

Melatonin is a hormone made by the pineal gland, a small gland in the brain. Melatonin helps control your sleep and wake cycles. It’s like your internal clock that regulates sleep. Melatonin can decrease with age.

5-HTP works in the brain and central nervous system by increasing the production of the chemical serotonin. Serotonin can affect sleep, appetite, temperature, sexual behavior, and pain sensation. Since 5-HTP increases the synthesis of serotonin, it is used for several diseases where serotonin is believed to play an important role including depression, insomnia, obesity, and many other conditions.
 I have a very high tolerance to medication and supplements. So my personal results take longer to achieve. I took this challenge one night trying to get back on a normal sleep pattern. I was able to feel sleepy without being over lethargic. This sensation did create a torpid effect where I was not restless. It took me about 45 minutes to begin feeling this way. I was able to rest without waking up throughout the night.  (8.5 out of 10)
Overall thoughts:  First off, I am very impressed!  Any company that gives a list of their blend, with definition and reference websites just screams confidence. It just proves this company believes in what they have put in this bottle and are not hiding behind some big words. Major kudos! You can even download the Natural Standard Report from their website. These Shots are flavorful without being over powering. Overall, I am very pleased with this product.


Rodzilla said...

I think it's borderline irresponsible for them to use GABA, granted it's probably not a significant amount, but using it downregulates your own receptors. If you're particularly sensitive to anxiety and such, there is a potential for withdrawal in larger amounts.

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