This Bizarre TikTok Lettuce Hack to Help You Sleep Actually Works!

Lettuce and water. Sounds like a recipe for rabbits, but, in fact, it’s a recipe for sleep success! According to TikTok, drinking boiled lettuce water before bed can help you drift off to sleep.

Really, TikTok? Is the lettuce water laced with Xanax? Perhaps you’re mistaking lettuce for something else? But apparently not!

Lettuce water sleep hack

The boiled lettuce sleep hack comes from TikToker @shapla_11 who shared the now-viral video.

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The Tiktoker simply takes a washed lettuce leaf, places it into her coffee cup, and adds boiling water on top. Shapla adds peppermint tea to the mixture to help make it taste better but later says that using chamomile tea is probably a better choice as peppermint tea can actually keep you awake.

After ten minutes, she takes the boiled lettuce out and sips on her drink. At the end of the video, she admits that the concoction seemed to work.

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We try the boiled lettuce water sleep hack

Okay, so we all know by now not to believe everything you see on TikTok, right? But could this sleep hack actually work? I decided to give it a red hot go because my sleeping habits are shocking.

How to make sleepy lettuce tea:

  1. Wash a lettuce leaf. I used iceberg lettuce.
  2. Place it into your cup.
  3. Pour boiled water over the lettuce until the entire leaf is soaked.
  4. Add chamomile tea.
  5. Leave for 10 minutes to let the lettuce do its thang.
  6. Take the boiled lettuce leaf out.
  7. Sip, then sleep!

For me, this seemingly stupid hack actually worked, which is madness. Madness I tell you! Normally it takes me AGES to fall asleep unless I’ve guzzled magic red wine sleeping juice earlier. But, nope.

Boiled lettuce for the win. And no red wine hangover!

Science confirms boiled lettuce works! 

According to researchers, the boiled lettuce sleep hack is actually based on science. You see, lettuce contains a high level of lactucarium, which has been proven can make you feel relaxed and super sleepy. So there you go – if you need a decent night’s sleep, reach for the lettuce. Who knew?

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Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

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