Get Healthy__ Sleep In A Spray Bottle?

July 08, 2015 | By

You know getting a good night’s sleep is important, but sometimes that sleep doesn’t come so easily. Over-the-counter medications often don’t work at all or work too well and leave you falling asleep at your desk the next morning.

Ben Wu, inventor of sprayable energy, has come up with a remedy to put you to sleep without ever popping a pill – sprayable sleep. Wu contributes his own minor sleep problems to spending too much time in front of a screen, depleting his body of melatonin, the hormone that regulates sleep cycles. He notes, "Even [exposure to] an incandescent lightbulb at just 50% brightness for one hour can reduce your melatonin output by 50%.” Between work and checking our phones, most of us spend a lot more time than this in front of a screen each day, so it makes sense we’re having trouble sleeping.

Since cutting down on screen time isn’t always realistic, Wu came up with a more reasonable solution – replacing the melatonin lost throughout the day, right before bedtime. David Brown, PhD, board certified sleep psychologist at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas thinks Wu has the right idea. Brown says, “"If someone had severe insomnia, and said they had never tried melatonin in any form, it's easy enough, and there are so few side effects associated with it that I would say, give it a try."

Since melatonin has a very short half-life, the pill form tends to put you to sleep but not help you stay asleep. The spray form, though, absorbs through your skin much more slowly and contains much less melatonin than the pill form, allowing you to adjust the dosage to suit your needs.

Wu and his team have done several trials with no notable side effects. The spray is non-addictive and has no known toxicity level, so you don’t have to worry about accidentally spraying too much.

Sprayable sleep is recommended more for people who want to get on a normal sleep schedule and less for those with severe insomnia. The product is currently available for purchase on Indiegogo.

Via: Refinery29

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