Being the third drink in a tripartite review arc of Neuro's tasty and nutritionally interesting beverages, Neuro Sleep had garnered quite a positive precedent. Like Neuro Sonic and Neuro Sun, Neuro Sleep has a very distinct flavor and function, and I am happy to say that, like the others, it is a self-sufficiently welcome addition to the collection.
Neuro Sleep is a relaxation beverage that is intended to act as a sleep aid rather than some of the more mild "calming" drinks that are starting to appear on the market. Utilizing a blend of melatonin, L-theanine, and magnesium, Neuro Sleep is geared towards promoting relaxation during sleep and supporting healthy mental function through adequate rest. I feel that it is only fair to go ahead and mention that, much like energy drinks, I often do not experience the effects of a lot of these sorts of relaxation beverages as profoundly as others do, if at all. This tendency remained somewhat true for Neuro Sleep, as I did not really feel much while I was drinking it, and what little effects I did notice were easy enough to ignore simply by paying attention to the other things that I was doing at the time. However, I was in for a big surprise when I finally did decide that it was time for bed. It usually takes me somewhere around an hour to actually fall asleep once I am in bed trying to do so, but after drinking the entire bottle of Neuro Sleep, the effect of landing in my bed was not entirely unlike that of full-body paralysis. I simply did not want to move; a feeling which quickly became a decision as I promptly turned off the light and passed out. This sort of expedient slip into unconsciousness is extremely rare for me, and seeing as the only difference in my night-time routine was consuming a bottle of Neuro Sleep, I feel relatively safe in assuming that it did its job.
Flavor-wise, Neuro Sleep is probably the strangest of the three Neuro varieties that I have had so far. Even after finishing the entire bottle, I am still having trouble determining exactly what flavor this drink is supposed to be. It has the general taste of an orange beverage (which would seem to make sense given the color of the bottle), but there's still something unfamiliar about it. It's like the drink is trying to be orange, but just isn't quite making it there, much in the same way that orange Kool-Aid just sort of misses the mark. Now, this is not to say that the flavor is bad. In fact, I actually sort of like it, although it is important to say that of the three Neuro beverages that I have had, this one tastes the most "pharmaceutical." While I don't necessarily know what melatonin and the other chemical ingredients included in Neuro Sleep actually taste like by themselves, I still feel that this one has a sort of "medicine-ish" taste. It has a bit of a dry, chalky texture, and the aftertaste even tastes oddly enough like the gelatinous exterior of a pill capsule. That being said, this still doesn't make the drink bad in any significant way. It's just definitely a good thing to know going in.
Overall, I think that Neuro Sleep is yet another great offering in DrinkNeuro's strong line of functional beverages. While the flavor is a little bit odd and unspecific, it is definitely not bad, and the "sleep mixture" ended up being a good bit more effective than I thought that it was going to be. If you are looking for a drink to help you get to sleep without feeling like it is actively knocking you out, then this is definitely one to try.
Purchased: Citgo service station [Greenwood, SC]
Size: 14.5 fl. oz. [430mL]