It’s inventor is Ben Yu, who dropped out of Harvard to develop another product with the same delivery system. About a year ago Sprayable Energy made its debut this time with caffeine in the spritzer. One pump was equivalent of a quarter cup of coffee. Its novelty was such a success that it is been shipped to customers in more than 50 countries.
Now that he has got so many people’s attention it seemed natural for Ben to come up with a product that help you fall asleep. Considering that about one in four US workers suffer from insomnia at a loss of over 63 billion in productivity. The applicator looks like a lipstick case, costs about $15 and Ben boasts that it contains “a month of good sleep.” Ben goes on to say, ” Sprayable Sleep is our answer to those who find it hard to stay well rested in today’s sleep-deprived culture. With it, we’ve built a tool to combat the daily stresses, artificial lights and constant stimulation that disrupts good sleep.”
Aside from the “new toy” aspect of this product the use of melatonin is not without caution. The American Cancer Society has pointed to some reports that indicate that melatonin may interact with blood-thinning medicines and with medications for seizures or diabetes. The list of precautions and possible drug interactions is quite extensive. But then again you don’t need to put that on the label when you sell it as a food additive.
The effects of supplemental melatonin on the sleep wakefulness cycle or circadian rhythm is a major concern of anyone seriously considering using this product. Melatonin has been known to cause vivid dreams and nightmares as well as feelings of drowsiness upon awakening (sleep inertia or sleep drunkenness.) Additional side effects of melatonin include stomach cramps, dizziness, headache, irritability, decreased libido, breast enlargement in men and decrease sperm count. Some studies show that melatonin supplements worsen symptoms of depression.
Sprayable sleep will be all over the Internet and heavily advertised since it is coming out this month. Anyone who is seriously concerned about maintaining good sleep patterns and not disrupting their circadian rhythm should understand the need for caution that is being emphasized. It is a medical tragedy that things like this can be touted as a cure for insomnia and not have to carry the precautions that any other drug is required to simply because it is a food supplement. The first time a young child gets a hold of one of these containers and start spraying their friends there will be a reactive backlash on the media. Hopefully this won’t keep you up at night worrying.
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