Genius lettuce hack 'puts people to sleep in seconds' - and people swear by it 1 month ago

Genius lettuce hack 'puts people to sleep in seconds' - and people swear by it

There's some science to back it up as well

People have been vouching for an unusual technique to help you get to sleep - a nice mug of boiled lettuce water.

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The trend went viral on TikTok with a video from user @shaple_11 demonstrating the technique racking up 1.5m likes.

In the clip, she can be seen boiling a kettle before pouring the hot water on some washed lettuce leaves, which are in a mug.

She also adds a peppermint tea bag for taste, lets it all brew, before removing the lettuce leaves and enjoying her leafy drink.

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And sure enough, it seems to make her drowsy, before pretty much leaving her out for count.

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People were quick to voice their amazement in the comments, with one person joking they were on their way to the shop to "buy 30 lettuces."

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A second said: "Thanks babe gonna try this at some point."

And another vouched for the technique, saying: "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.”

There is some science behind this as well, with research suggesting that the lactucarium in lettuce could have sleep-inducing properties.

One study found that lactucarium had a sedative effect on mice.

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The 2017 research paper 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.

"The results of this study show that lettuce, especially romaine lettuce, is an interesting and cheap source of sleep-potentiating material and antioxidant polyphenols."

And, according to Sleepstation, lettuce has been used as a sleep aid for "thousands of years."

So next time you're struggling to get some shuteye, don't reach for the chamomile tea. Grab a nice lettuce instead, and put the kettle on.

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