Som Sleep Review: Will It Really Help You Sleep Better?

By Lydia Noyes
HighYa Staff Published on: Jan 23, 2019

For those who struggle to fall asleep each night, Som promises to make the process easier. This innovative dietary supplement gives you a nightly dose of sleep aids in a beverage form to purportedly promote healthier sleeping patterns and a normal sleep cycle.

The company claims that their product improves sleep as well as many prescription sleeping pills and that it is drug-free, non-habit-forming, NSF-certified, and gluten, dairy, and GMO-free.

According to the product website, Som’s founders Abdul Khan, Rob Bent, John Shegerian and Christine Khan created this beverage to treat their own sleep problems, which included difficulties falling asleep and frequently waking up throughout the night.

They all struggled to find a “clean, drug-free solution that was as easy as popping open a can,” so they created one themselves with Som.

Are Som Sleep’s claims too good to be true, or is it possible a canned beverage can put you to sleep better than a placebo? By the end of this article, you’ll have your answer.

How Does Som Sleep Work?

According to the Som Sleep website, the secret to their sleep aid’s success is their unique delivery method – treating the drink like a soda. It comes in two forms: Som Original and Som Zero Sugar.

Each can of Som provides one serving. For best results, the company suggests drinking it chilled about thirty minutes before bed.

Since the beverage may leave you feeling groggy if you wake up before your body is ready, they recommend that you only take Som Sleep when you can commit eight hours to sleep. If the drink’s effects are too intense for you, you can limit your dose to half a can.

The company tells us that Som isn’t a hangover cure and that they recommend against mixing Som with other products (especially alcohol), as doing so will dilute its effects.

Which Ingredients Are in Som Sleep?

The secret to a sleep aid’s effectiveness is found in its ingredients, so let’s look closer at what you’ll consume in both varieties to see if they make sense for reducing insomnia.

The company website tells us that the beverage’s active ingredients include magnesium (40mg), vitamin B6 (2mg), and a 357mg proprietary blend of L-theanine, GABA, and 3mg of melatonin. Let’s look at the potential sleep benefits of each of these ingredients.

Vitamin B6

The National Institute of Health classifies vitamin B6 as an extremely versatile compound that plays a role in more than 100 enzyme reactions within the body. However, there’s research from the University of Adelaide that shows the vitamin increases the vividness of your dreams and potentially disturbs sleep quality.

L-theanine

According to WebMD, this amino acid made famous by its presence in green tea is known for treating anxiety and boosting feelings of relaxation.

GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid)

We found on Everyday Health that GABA plays an integral role in your body’s response to stress, and it helps control fear and anxiety responses, which consequently keeps you calmer.

Melatonin

According to Healthline, melatonin is a hormone your body produces naturally to signal to your brain when it’s time to sleep. Levels of melatonin rise and fall over 24-hour cycles in healthy people, and taking supplemental melatonin can help you reset your levels if you struggle to sleep. The hormone is believed safe for supplementation, and doses between 3-10 mg are considered most effective.

Magnesium

Psychology Today tells us that magnesium is a mineral that is associated with brain function and heart health, as well as hundreds of other physical tasks.

According to Healthline, research shows that it can quiet down the brain to help you fall asleep faster, primarily because it controls melatonin production and increases your GABA levels in the brain. While the research isn’t conclusive, there’s evidence that daily doses between 225mg-500mg can help improve sleep.

Summary

With the possible exception of vitamin B6, each active ingredient within Som shows potential for calming your brain, relieving anxiety, and promoting better quality sleep.

However, the dosage is critical, and Som’s proprietary blend doesn’t give us a good sense of how much of each ingredient is included within each serving. Likewise, the drink is listed as having just 40mg of magnesium, while our research showed most studies that demonstrated its effectiveness looked at doses between 240-500mg.

In short, we think there’s some evidence that the ingredients in Som will help you fall asleep, but the research isn’t conclusive yet, especially when you consider the concentrations we find in the beverage.

What Does Som Sleep Cost?

At the time of writing, Som was sold through the company website and select online retailers such as Amazon. On the brand’s website, both Som Original and Zero Sugar were priced the same per 8-ounce can:

  • 4 pack: $9.99
  • 12 pack: $29.99
  • 24 pack: $59.98

It’s also possible to save 10% off your order by signing up for a monthly subscription. This subscription will automatically renew every 30 days unless you cancel it through the company website by logging into your account.

If you’re unhappy with your order or have further questions for the company, they recommend that you contact them directly within 10 days of receipt at orders@getsom.com.

What Do Customers Think of Som Sleep?

There are dozens of Som reviews online, which makes it easier to see how the product works for a broad range of people. We found the beverage averaged 3.7 stars out of five on Amazon after more than 400 reviews, and close to 60% of customers awarding it five stars.

Looking through their comments, many of these reviewers make it clear that they believe Som works as described. We read numerous accounts of people who dealt with chronic insomnia who drank one serving half an hour before bed and then slept peacefully for the next 7 - 8 hours.

Many reviewers wrote that the beverage made them feel relaxed and less anxious about sleeping and that it had a light, refreshing taste. A few also mentioned that taking Som helped them quit their sleeping pills and that it caused them to wake up feeling more alert without any side effects.

On the negative end, some reviewers noted that while Som enhanced their sleep quality, they still felt like they needed to use their prescription medications. Others commented that the product was expensive for the serving size and that they needed to drink two cans to feel the effects.

A few people stated that they hated the flavor and found that the drink didn’t help them fall asleep but left them woozy the next day. Others complained that it worsened their sleep because it caused them to wake up repeatedly to use the bathroom.

We also noticed several negative reviews on Amazon from people who had one or more cans burst during shipping and rust the metal of the other ones.

What Natural Supplements for Sleep Are Similar to Som?

If you’re struggling to get better sleep each night, there are a few directions you can turn before requesting a prescription from your physician.

We’ve looked at quite a few of these remedies over the years, including Insomniar, Whole Body Herbal Sleep, and NoctuRest. Will these remedies work as well as Som promises to? Let’s look at the research:

Som Insomniar Whole Body Herbal Sleep NoctuRest
Price 4 pack: $9.99 1 Bottle: $49.95 30-day supply: $39.99 1 Bottle: $34
Servings Per Single Purchase 4 30 30 48 (Can take up to three per night)
Active Ingredients Vitamin B6, melatonin, magnesium, GABA, L-theanine L-ornithine, valerian root, chamomile, passionflower, lemon balm, hops, taurine, magnolia bark, jujube extract, reishi mushrooms, melatonin Magnesium, valerian root extract, hops, skullcap, passionflower, chamomile, and melatonin. Magnesium citrate, theanine, melatonin, valerian, passionflower, lemon balm, hops, chamomile
Intake Method 8-ounce beverage Dietary supplement Dietary supplement Liquid nutritional supplement

So what’s the takeaway from these natural sleep aids? Every product we looked at contained melatonin, which makes sense because Healthline told us the hormone is considered one of the best ways to promote better sleep.

Likewise, all three products besides Som contain valerian. According to Healthline, valerian is a flowering plant whose root has been used as a treatment for insomnia for thousands of years. However, the research is inconclusive if the root helps your sleep quality beyond the placebo effect because most reports rely on subjective reporting.

At $2.50 per serving, Som is the most expensive sleep supplement we looked at. However, it might be the most accessible for many people because drinking a beverage is more of an ingrained habit than taking a traditional supplement. If you struggle to commit to other kinds of sleep aids, the ease of Som might be a selling point for you.

One critical question you’ll need to answer is whether a sleep aid even makes sense for your situation. It's best that you talk with your doctor before beginning any supplement routine- even if the ingredients are branded as natural, especially if you’re already taking prescription sleep medication.

Our View: Should You Consider Som Sleep?

After looking through this research, we think that Som is an innovative product that shows potential for helping you sleep.

Most of the beverage’s active ingredients show evidence from reputable studies for improving your sleep, though the doses necessary to get these results might be more than what’s found in a single serving.

Customer reviews of Som offer a mixed account of how well this product works. Some people wrote that it improved their sleep dramatically, while others felt that the drink made them feel groggy when they woke up and even made them take undesirable trips to the bathroom all night.

What sets Som apart from other supplements the most is that it’s packaged as a soda-like beverage, rather than a dietary supplement. You’ll pay slightly more per serving for that privilege, but some people are likely to find that additional cost worthwhile if it means that they’re more likely to use it.

If you’re struggling to fall asleep and aren’t sure whether a supplemental product like Som makes sense, consider making lifestyle changes to help you nod off. The nine tips in our article about the ways to improve your sleep might be a good starting point.

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