Bizarre sleep hack going viral on TikTok: ‘I’m gonna try this ASAP’

Say goodnight to all of your sleep problems, because a new TikTok hack is here to help you doze off.

This viral trend has people drinking hot water soaked in lettuce in an attempt to tackle insomnia.

The TikTok hack involves soaking lettuce leaves in boiling water. Photos: TikTok/shapla_11
The TikTok hack involves soaking lettuce leaves in boiling water. Photos: TikTok/shapla_11

TikTok user Shapla Hoque (@shapla_11) was one of the first to jump on the trend with a video that currently has 6.6 million views.

“So apparently drinking lettuce water makes you sleepy,” she said curiously at the start of the video.

After washing a few lettuce leaves, she put them in a mug and filled it with boiling water.

Shapla then added a peppermint tea bag to make the beverage taste better, however, she writes in the comments that chamomile would be preferred as it is commonly considered a sleep inducer.


She removed the lettuce from the cup after 10 minutes and drank the liquid.

The TikToker told followers that she felt “slightly drowsy” not long after drinking it, but was quickly knocked out in her bed.

In a follow up video, Shapla said that it took her “about 30, 40 minutes” to fall completely asleep.

TikTok users flooded the comments with praise for the hack: “I have terrible insomnia so I’m going to try this out ASAP.”

“My mum used to do this for me,” another user wrote. “Boiled water and leave in the pan for 5 minutes on minimum heat, always worked for me and it’s all natural.”

A third person commented: “As a psychiatrist, medical doctor and neuroscientist, I fully support this.”

Others joked in the comments about their own personal sleep remedies that don’t involve lettuce.

“I usually have like 9 glasses of wine and it does the trick,” someone shared.

Another added: “Usually I just cry myself to sleep.”

Woman sleeping.
Cos lettuce has been proven to best help you sleep. Photo: Getty

A number of studies have said that lettuce, particularly Cos, induces sleep and relives pain because it contains a phytonutrient called lactucarium.

Nutritionist Kathleen Alleaume spoke to Yahoo Lifestyle about the connection between what you eat and how you sleep.

“We know that the relationship between sleep and diet is a two-way street. Sleep deprivation can affect appetite-regulating hormones, which may result in overeating and consuming unhealthy foods," Kathleen told us in March.

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