IF you find yourself laying in bed at night unable to doze off, then you might want to pop the kettle on.
But rather than brewing a cuppa right before bed (which could actually keep you awake for longer), people are boiling lettuce in a mug which is putting them to sleep in seconds.
We get it, it sounds absolutely bonkers but there is some truth to the mind-blowing hack, according to the experts, and it's a sure way to tackle insomnia.
TikTok user Shapla Hoque first made the claim in a clip she shared online, which has gone on to rack up more than 4.8 million views.
In the clip, Shapla boiled a kettle and poured the boiling water on some washed lettuce leaves which were shoved in a mug,before removing them as she sipped on the water.
Worried it would taste revolting, Shapla popped in a peppermint teabag for taste, however this isn't a required step – you could, however, try chamomile instead which is known to induce sleep.
At first, the nightcap makes her “a bit drowsy” and then in what seems like no time at all, she’s completely knocked out in her bed.
Desperate for a decent kip, people took to the comments and revealed they would give it a go, with one admitting: "On my way to the shop to buy 30 lettuces."
While someone else said, "My mum used to do this for me, boiled water and leave it in the pan for 5 min on a minimum heat, always worked a treat and it’s all natural.”
So how does it ACTUALLY work? Well, studies from 2013 and 2017 back up the seemingly bonkers claims with experts suggesting that lettuce, particularly, romaine, contains a phytonutrient, called lactucarium which is said to induce sleep and relieve pain.
According to LadBible, the 2017 report stated:"Lactuca sativa (lettuce), an annual herb which belongs to the Compositae family, is known for its medicinal value. Traditionally, lettuce has been suggested to have a sedative-hypnotic property."
And concluded: "The results of this study show that lettuce, especially romaine lettuce, is an interesting and cheap source of sleep-potentiating material and antioxidant polyphenols.
"The seed and leaf extracts derived from romaine lettuce potentiates the pentobarbital-induced sleeping behaviour in mice."
So there you have it. Stock up on some crispy lettuce and you'll be in for a treat.
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