About two months ago, I had seen for the first time something called Ruetaesomn. This is a pill that you take two to four hours before bed, and it is supposed to help you decaffeinate your system to help you get to sleep. It is plant-based, non-drowsy, and non-habit forming. I wasn’t too keen on the idea, but after being given a trial-sample, I thought I’d give it a go.
The following is a schedule, and sort of diary I kept while taking the three trial dosages I was sent:
I’ve been drinking coffee (1-2 cups) at around 7:30 or 8 am for about five days now. I sleep a solid seven or eight hours a night. I tend to start getting tired around 10:30pm, and am definitely tired by midnight (the time I generally go to sleep)
Taking Reutasomn with the above schedule, I went to sleep and woke up three hours later than normal (Made sure I didn’t need to be anywhere that morning). I woke up feeling rested without feeling the haze of waking up groggy.
After a few days of readjusting my sleep schedule, pushing back the time I go to sleep and wake up by a couple of hours, I started on the second pill. Drank 2+ cups of coffee starting at 11:30 am until about 1:30 pm. Taking the pill two hours before bed, estimating to go to sleep at 1am, I took it at 11pm, and woke up rested at a regular time (giving me about 8-9 hours of sleep). Again, without a haze of being groggy.
Drank 1 cup around 12pm and had a triple shot espresso around 10pm. Took pill around 11:30pm, expecting to go to sleep around 1:30am. I am aware that the bottle says 2-4 hours, but I wanted to test its effectiveness at the minimum amount of time prescribed on the bottle. It was a bit sad for me that I went to bed around 2:30 am.
My mind was still racing from the caffeine, and it kept me up an hour later than intended. I could definitely still feel my tiredness though, which is honestly a step up from what three shots of espresso would normally do to me. In most cases, I feel jittery and lie awake staring at the ceiling, wishing that I even felt tired. It did still kick in at hour three though, but I woke up feeling a tad off.
Overall, I think this is a product that works, but the label should really tell you 3-4 hours to really start kicking in. Someone who was hoping to take it and have it start working in two hours would be let down by the results. However, its effects might also vary from person to person, so while it may work fairly well for me, it may or may not wipe the caffeine out of another person’s system. I can’t really speak for those people, but for me, a slight change in labeling would make me happy. Would I recommend this to people who have problems related to caffeine and sleeping? Yes, as it can be used alongside sleep aids, but make sure you give it 3-4 hours plus or you might not be able to conk out as quickly as you were hoping.