When things go viral, they can have an impact.  TikTok is in over 160 countries, has over 1.1 billion users, and has been downloaded over 220 million times in the United States alone. Their audience age starts at 13. A variety of trends, health tips and beauty secrets have swept the planet – only to come and go. But most hacks, tips and secrets are from people who may not be experts in the field.

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TicTok is more than entertainment. If there’s something young people want to know, almost 40% of them search on TikTok before Google.   According to a recent survey  from CharityRx of 2,000 adults, one-third of GenZers consult TikTok for health advice and another 44% turn to YouTube before turning to their doctor.

With this information, does TicTok’s Sleep Girl Mocktail work?

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It’s shaky pseudo-science that winds up going viral, though (sorry, but rubbing banana peels on your face won’t give you wrinkle-free skin). So you need to verify from outside source before you get your hopes up on something.

That’s the case for the so-called “sleepy girl mocktail” that’s making its rounds online. Proponents say the combination of tart cherry juice, magnesium powder and a fizzy mixer like sparkling water or prebiotic soda is a match made in heaven for good sleep. Also, the effect is the same for both genders.

And it actually might help. “There’s sound science to back up the idea that a drink like this could help you relax and possibly fall asleep faster,” says registered dietitian Devon Peart, RD, MHSc. “But it’s not a cure for insomnia or a sure-fire antidote to poor sleep.”

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Magnesium helps nerves and muscles function, regulates blood pressure, and helps maintain good bone health. It also helps increase the amount of water in the intestines, which can help with bowel movements. It may be used as a laxative due to these properties. Additional, there is some evidence tart cherry juice can help with sleep, reduce inflammation, and potential other health benefits.

Sleepy Time Mocktail Recipe

  • 1/2 cup pure tart cherry juice.
  • 1 tablespoon of magnesium powder.
  • A bit of fizzy drink to cut it, like a prebiotic soda or sparkling water.

Simply stir, sip and hopefully enjoy a good night’s sleep

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