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Since 2009, millions of Americans who have had trouble counting sheep but didn't want to turn to brain-frying pills or the ol' liquor cabinet have looked instead to a company started by four Miamians to put them to sleep.
Dream Water, an all-natural beverage carried at thousands of Walmarts and convenience stores, retails at three bucks for a 2.5 ounce shot that promises to help you "sleep naturally, drug free [and] wake refreshed."
But a new lawsuit in Miami's federal court claims customers haven't all ended up with sweet dreams. A Central Florida woman named Cynthia Kirkwood says she got "none of the promised benefits" and may have been harmed by excessive melatonin in the drinks. "In reality, [Dream Water] is simply selling snake oil," her lawsuit argues.
A Dream Water spokesperson said the company hasn't received notice of the suit. "We are not aware of nor have we been served with this lawsuit, so we are unable to comment specifically on the allegations that were made. Dream Water is a natural sleep enhancer that is designed to help users relax and fall asleep, and we have received feedback from many satisfied customers that Dream Water has helped them. Our SleepStat Natural Blend is a proprietary formula that includes recommended dosages of each ingredient (including GABA, melatonin, and 5-HTP). Dream Water also provides extensive information regarding its product and active ingredients. As with any dietary supplement, we always recommend users use Dream Water as directed and consult with their physicians before taking Dream Water so that their physicians can answer any specific questions they have and advise them if Dream Water is right for them."
Dream Water started with a sleepless young Florida International University student named Vincent Porpiglia. "I realized there are tons of sleeping pills out there, but there is really no sleeping drink," he told the Miami Herald two years ago.
With the help of three other Miami investors, Porpiglia founded Sarpes Beverages and created a drink with three natural ingredients — neurotransmitters GABH and 5-HTP (which have been used to treat sleep disorders and anxiety) and melatonin, which has proven useful in battling jet lag.
A New York chain of drug stores picked it up, and the drink soon took off; today, it retails nationwide, with millions in revenues.
But doubters have questioned the drink's effectiveness and safety; the FDA doesn't test drinks like Dream Water before they come to market, instead requiring businesses to market and label them truthfully. And the combination of ingredients in Dream Water has never been subject to peer-reviewed testing, the Herald reported. Some physicians have raised concerns about melatonin's side effects, including daytime drowsiness and depression, Kirkwood's lawsuit says.
DreamWater works almost too well for me (and everyone I've given it to - I've recommended it to a lot of people). I've found that if I drink about half of a bottle that it works perfectly, if I drink the whole thing I sometimes have trouble waking up in the morning. It puts me to sleep very quickly when I'm not sleepy at all, which is something that no other over the counter sleep aid has been able to do. The active ingredient in Unisom, Tylenol PM, etc actually makes me stay awake and I would much rather drink a half of a DreamWater than take a prescription sleeping pill. I try to stay away from prescription medication as much as I possibly can and if there is a natural alternative that works just as well (or better, in many cases - because it doesn't contain anything that can harm your body or give you side effects) I will always take that. I am so happy that DreamWater exists, it's like a miracle for me. The way I usually describe it to people is that it's like the opposite of 5 Hour Energy. There's at least one other similar product out there, iChill relaxation shots (they sell them @ CVS & Smoothie King) but they aren't as strong as DreamWater and the bottles are a bit smaller. I can drink an entire iChill and it does work but not as quickly or as well as a half of a bottle of DreamWater. I can't believe that somebody is saying that this stuff doesn't work and then suing them to boot!! Every body is different and we all react to things differently, you have to find what works for YOU. I'm not suing Unisom and Tylenol and Advil and every other company that makes similar products just because they don't work for me.
one lady trying to fight the effectiveness of dreamwater by drinking it and trying to stay up...come on, get a life lady. you should be happy and instead of battling it, accept it doesn't work for you as an individual and get back to your pills
line Only alittle was enough. You can take melatonin supplements bc that all it is with some extra vitamins on there. The heavy drug company's are probably jealous. Even things like shampoo and hair products are fighting over consumers bc ppl are going natural and learning about these chemicals. So many companies do bc these products are synthetic so they are inexpensive to make than.natural products. Now I don't use these shampoos andlotions anymore and now all of them are going organic or claiming to be. My point y is its all about business. And medias love to put negative staples on an overall good fad.
I bought at Walmart the other day... and I just bought it at Walgreens... I would not buy a product that didn't work... some people out there just want to gripe about something and try to sue sue sue...
When Dream Water vanished from Walmart stores today I called Walmart Corporate to ask about why they chose to pull the product from their stores. I was told that they confirmed the product was "no longer available at Walmart", but the point of contact I made indicated they would have to do some digging to find out why and call me back. I've emailed the manufacturer for an explanation and am awaiting any response from them as well. As someone who has experienced a major increase in the severity of my insomnia since starting to use the product (it helps when I take it, and I consistently can't sleep when I don't), I'm concerned that it may be due to dependency issues...
I received a free sample of this and it sure worked for me. I drank it and was reading my book and in about 20 minutes I couldn't hold my eyes open. I slept soundly and woke up feeling a lot better. If I can find this stuff anywhere locally, I will definitely purchase it. It sure worked for me.
@timothy_peeters94 she sounds like the kind of person who sues everybody because she believes everything that she reads ... I'll bet this isn't the first company she's sued. Imagine letting her loose in the weight loss supplement section!!!!
Walmart did not follow up regarding this issue, but Dream Water V.P. of Operations, Marylin Kovalis wrote back: "We apologize about this trouble you have encountered with Wal-Mart. We have recently had one other inquiry indicating the same problem. Our Walmart broker has indicated some system changes that may have resulted in some misleading information. I apologize again for this miscommunication, but we are working on this issue which should be fixed very soon. In the meantime you can purchase Dream Water at other locations such as Target, Amazon, CVS, and Walgreens and well as our web site."
@corrinacorrina you an get it from Walgreens. That is where we purchase it.