Does Lettuce Water Really Help You Sleep? We Checked the Science.

Have you ever sipped fresh mint leaves in steaming water while staring over the Mediterranean at sunset? I have. It is not similar to drinking lettuce water, the bilge-like concoction of boiling water and romaine lettuce that TikTok users insist helps with sleep.

For months, TikTok users have passed around the “lettuce water” trend—millions of people have watched videos of wide-eyed creators drinking hot lettuce tea. “I slept for 12 hours,” announced one intrepid leafy greens drinker in a TikTok watched 3.7 million times. “I thought for sure it was not gonna work because nothing works for me, melatonin doesn’t do anything for me anymore,” said another creator. “But that knocked me out.”

What we want, more than anything, is for the key to wellness to be a sip, a pill, a meditation app, or anything except the bland trifecta of rest, movement, and nutrition. Could lettuce be the key to a miraculous, all-natural sleep water, an accessible dream-drip à la the enchanted water of the ancient Greek sleep god Hypnos? Lettuce water isn’t evidence-based, but it also isn’t totally baseless. Lettuce contains lactucin and lactucpicrin, which are “known as sleep enhancement substances,” according to a study published in 2019 in the Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin. You shouldn’t eye-roll at the idea of using plants on the body, anyway. The practice of using lettuce for medicinal purposes goes back hundreds of years, the New York Times reports. And many commenters on TikTok noted that using hot lettuce water as a sleep remedy is a tradition in Mexican culture, among others. 

OK, but does lettuce water help you sleep? There is no scientific evidence that says it has any impact. That doesn’t mean lettuce water won’t make you doze off—it just means there aren’t studies on its effect on humans. The scant studies that focus on latucin and lactucpircrin test on mice and use lettuce extract or lettuce seeds, not whole lettuce, boiled or otherwise. But think of it this way—we all understand that a lavender or rose essential oil is much more concentrated than a few crushed petals. We know there is a difference in vitamin C between a capsule and the equivalent-sized spoonful of orange juice. Lettuce has sleep-enhancing properties, but is it really possible to get them from boiling a few leaves? Maybe the better question is: How much sleep do you need?

10% of adults report chronic insomnia, according to the American Sleep Association. It’s cruel and awful. There is a reason sleep deprivation is used as a form of torture, and why lists of the best sleep apps exist. It’s understandable that a person struggling to sleep would try anything—let alone the very low risk intervention of lettuce water—to fall asleep. Besides, when many of us were teenagers, it was common to read a recommendation to put lemon on your face or hair, or yogurt! Raw eggs! Lettuce water tea is nothing—nothing!—compared to those dark days. And as someone who agreed to a job of testing things from the internet, I know this: Sometimes you just have to swill around your steamy lettuce water and toast, “At least it’s not a Tide pod.” 

Inventing Anna: The Official Trailer is Here and It’s Already Our New Favorite Show

The cast: Netflix recently announced five major casting decisions for the show, which includes…

Julia Garner: Garner, who recently won an Emmy for her role on Ozark, will play Delvey. A press release from Netflix describes the character as “a young woman in her mid-20s with a hard-to-place European accent who takes New York by storm. Either a brilliant businesswoman or a scammer extraordinaire, Anna in turn inspires loyalty, compassion, contempt, and obsession—all while leaving behind an emotional body count.”

Anna Chlumsky: The Veep alum will play Vivian, the reporter working on the story. Vivian is “working to salvage her career with just the right story. The Anna Delvey story is her golden ticket—she is willing to face any problem to get it. But as she works on the Anna story, there is one problem she never expected—Anna herself. The more Vivian pursues the truth about Anna, the more attached to Anna she becomes.”

Katie Lowes: The former Scandal star will play Rachel, who is “a natural-born follower and her blind worship of Anna almost destroys her job, her credit and her life. But while her relationship with Anna is her greatest regret, the woman she becomes because of Anna may be Anna’s greatest creation.”

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Laverne Cox: Cox is set to play Kacy Duke. “A celebrity trainer and life coach, Kacy gets sucked into the Anna whirlwind but is mature and centered enough to stay out of any real trouble. When she least expects it, in the wake of Anna’s crimes, Kacy finds herself becoming a coach to more than just Anna.”

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Alexis Floyd: The actress, whom you might remember as Tia on the most recent season of The Bold Type, will play Neff. “An aspiring filmmaker working as a hotel concierge, Neff knows New York and its people. Neff’s all style, all substance—more complex than most. She’s drawn in by Anna’s charm, but while passionate and loyal, she’s nobody’s fool.”

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Supporting cast members: You’ll recognize plenty of familiar faces here! Arian Moayed plays Todd, Alexis Floyd plays Neff, Anders Holm plays Jack, Anna Deavere Smith plays Maud, Jeff Perry plays Lou, and Terry Kinney plays Barry. Anthony Edwards, who played Dr. Mark Greene on ER, is also in the series. Stay tuned for more exciting cast announcements as well. 

59 Genuinely Thoughtful Valentine’s Day Gifts

Not everyone may buy into the Valentine’s Day fanfare, but we’d argue that the best Valentine’s gifts for her are a great way to show your loved one just how much you appreciate them. 

Classic presents like fresh blooms, silk pillowcases, and beauty sets will win over most hearts, but if she’s notoriously hard to shop for, consider something off the beaten path. Dried flowers arranged in a chic vessel are still having a major moment, while dainty necklaces or earrings delivered in a separate jewelry box are a sweet way to go the extra mile. 

Whoever your valentine is this year, we have plenty of thoughtful gift ideas lined up to save you from a last-minute trip to the impulse aisle. So hold the teddy bears and scroll down to shop our curated list of the 59 best Valentine’s gifts for her.

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Inventing Anna: The Official Trailer Is Here and This Is Already Our New Favorite Show

The cast: Netflix recently announced five major casting decisions for the show, which includes…

Julia Garner: Garner, who recently won an Emmy for her role on Ozark, will play Delvey. A press release from Netflix describes the character as “a young woman in her mid-20s with a hard-to-place European accent who takes New York by storm. Either a brilliant businesswoman or a scammer extraordinaire, Anna in turn inspires loyalty, compassion, contempt, and obsession—all while leaving behind an emotional body count.”

Anna Chlumsky: The Veep alum will play Vivian, the reporter working on the story. Vivian is “working to salvage her career with just the right story. The Anna Delvey story is her golden ticket—she is willing to face any problem to get it. But as she works on the Anna story, there is one problem she never expected—Anna herself. The more Vivian pursues the truth about Anna, the more attached to Anna she becomes.”

Katie Lowes: The former Scandal star will play Rachel, who is “a natural-born follower and her blind worship of Anna almost destroys her job, her credit, and her life. But while her relationship with Anna is her greatest regret, the woman she becomes because of Anna may be Anna’s greatest creation.”

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Laverne Cox: Cox is set to play Kacy Duke. “A celebrity trainer and life coach, Kacy gets sucked into the Anna whirlwind but is mature and centered enough to stay out of any real trouble. When she least expects it, in the wake of Anna’s crimes, Kacy finds herself becoming a coach to more than just Anna.”

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Alexis Floyd: The actress, whom you might remember as Tia on the most recent season of The Bold Type, will play Neff. “An aspiring filmmaker working as a hotel concierge, Neff knows New York and its people. Neff’s all style, all substance—more complex than most. She’s drawn in by Anna’s charm, but while passionate and loyal, she’s nobody’s fool.”

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Supporting cast members: You’ll recognize plenty of familiar faces here! Arian Moayed plays Todd, Alexis Floyd plays Neff, Anders Holm plays Jack, Anna Deavere Smith plays Maud, Jeff Perry plays Lou, and Terry Kinney plays Barry. Anthony Edwards, who played Dr. Mark Greene on ER, is also in the series. Stay tuned for more exciting cast announcements as well. 

Kaci Walfall Is Navigating Senior Year While Playing The CW’s Newest Superhero

The pilot sets it up in such a great way. That last moment…you want to know. You want to come back next week. Every episode, every scene almost, a character is unraveling things and finding out things as the audience is watching. I think it’s really intriguing in the way that the episodes are set up. It feels like they’re special episodes. I encourage everyone to watch every episode because every episode is different. Every director is different, and it’s written in different ways. That is one of my favorite aspects of the show. It’s not a typical setting, a typical scene at school, it’s very different.

As an actor, what’s a big goal of yours?

Everything that comes to me comes to me at a right time. I have never done a movie before, so I would love to do a movie, and I would love to play a real-life, character. I’ve played characters from a book adaptation or a movie adaptation, but I’ve never played someone in real life. Whether that’s a biopic or someone who just exists.that is a challenge as an actor. I also think that it uncovers some of your best work. I would love to do something like that.

What’s your favorite movie that’s based on a real person?

Malcolm X is such a great movie. Ali is such a great movie. Denzel Washington and Will Smith really went there. I just watched King Richard. That was so good. It immersed you in that world, and you almost forgot they were acting. They really committed to those characters.

Do you have a dream co-star you’d love to act alongside?

I watch a lot of Jonathan Major videos on YouTube because he is just so smart at what he does. To learn something from him and work with him would be an honor. And then, Viola Davis, Kerry Washington, and Regina King. Oh my goodness. To even be in a room or be in a space with them, let alone work with them, would be an absolute dream.

What’s your favorite part about being an actor?

The research process. Digging in and reading scripts like 200 times. That’s a lot of times, but if I have the time, just reading them, reading them, reading them again because I uncover something. It almost feels like I’m a detective. Also, the joy and the euphoria of losing yourself in a scene. I don’t do it so much to watch myself and watch the final product. If it feels real then you’re not lying anymore. That’s very hard to do, but there’s such a joy in that.

Naomi airs Tuesdays on The CW at 9 p.m. Eastern. Paulina Jayne Isaac is an editor and freelance writer living in Philadelphia. Follow her on Instagram @paulinajayne15.

Is Drinking Blood Safe? Doctors Weigh In.

Dr. Tessa Commers, a Seattle-based pediatrician who answers teen health questions for her 1.5 million followers on TikTok, adds, “As far as drinking someone’s blood, it’s overall not advised.” 

If you ever want to feel intense shame, try calling doctors during the pandemic and demanding that they weigh in on Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly drinking blood. (Nevertheless, they were all extremely kind and helpful.) “There are a variety of reasons for why it’s not safe to drink other people’s blood,” says Jain. “Number one, you don’t know if the other person has a blood-born pathogen or an infection in their blood. So drinking someone else’s blood that hasn’t been screened for those types of infections could potentially put you at risk for contracting one of those infections.” 

But imagine this: I am a world-famous musician with a gun-based name and a lot of time on my hands. I pay for blood screening. Now, may I throw back some of my lover’s sweet, sweet O-negative? No! The doctors agree, in chorus. “Blood is rich in iron and over consumption of iron can lead to a condition called hemochromatosis, a.k.a. iron overload,” Williams says. “Very large amounts can causes toxicity leading to cardiac complications, diabetes, and even liver disease.” 

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People may think, Jain says, that drinking blood is an easy, direct way to increase blood supply. “I want to make the point that when we do blood transfusions we typically use an IV, so it goes directly into your vein,” she explains. “When you drink blood, the blood is processed through your body the same way food or beverage would be, and most of it would be broken down. So you wouldn’t be getting the benefits of a blood transfusion by drinking blood.” 

Plus, Commers notes, drinking blood can irritate your stomach, causing vomiting. Did Megan and MGK spend their engagement night throwing up blood? If they did, rest assured that we will one day see an upsetting music video about it. 

The Best Ice Globes and Cryotherapy Tools to De-Puff and Soothe Skin

Chances are you’ve seen the best ice globes and cryotherapy tools fill your TikTok For You page over the past few months. These cooling globes, often filled with a blue or glittering liquid, are mesmerizing to watch as users glide them across their faces. The results are too—namely, a reduction in puffiness, and a noticeable glow. In addition to said results (more on that below), they can also take your skin care routine to as close to spa-like levels as you can get at home.  

What are ice globes and what do they do?

Ice globes and other cryotherapy tools (think gua sha stones, rollers, eggs, and wands) are usually made of stone, glass, metal, or plastic—and stored in the fridge or freezer prior to use. Not only does the application of these chilled tools feel amazing on your face (talk about a wakeup call), but it can have a number of skin benefits too. “The cold temperatures can cause vasoconstriction of blood vessels, which can help to make the skin less red, and it can also decrease puffiness,” Hadley King, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist in New York, tells Glamour. This blood constriction can also help make skin look tighter, firmer, and glowier.

King says that the cold temps can also help with a reduction of fluid and lymphatic drainage, which is why you get a sculpted effect after using cryo tools. “Because the cold temperatures cause the blood vessels to vasoconstrict, this can reduce the amount of interstitial fluid that accumulates, so then there is less fluid to be drained by the lymphatics,” she says. Bye-bye, puffiness.

Ice globes and other tools can be particularly helpful for acne-prone skin, since they can help reduce redness and inflammation. Icing the area around breakouts will calm general redness, while “applying ice directly to the blemish will help to decrease inflammation, reducing the size and visibility of the spot,” says celebrity facialist Candace Marino. It’s not a bad idea either to keep these beauty tools on deck for calming skin after any peels or microdermabrasion treatments. 

How do you use ice globes and cryo tools? 

While most of these skincare tools can be chilled in the freezer and fridge, you might want to be more cautious with glass ice globe facial massagers, since subzero temps can cause them to crack. Taylor Worden, celebrity esthetician and founder of Taylor Worden Skin, recommends keeping your ice globes in the fridge so they aren’t as intense when you apply them to your skin. Instead of working them over dry skin, “you can use them with a serum, moisturizer or mask,” Worden says. “I like to wet them with water a little to give them some slip,” she says. If you’re using a metal roller, simply use it the same way you would use a jade roller, and enjoy the extra chilly benefits. 

Ready to give it a try? Read on for the best ice globes and cryotherapy tools to take your home facial experience to the next level.

The Best Ice Globes and Cryotherapy Tools to Depuff and Soothe Skin

Chances are you’ve seen the best ice globes and cryotherapy tools fill your TikTok For You page over the past few months. These cooling globes, often filled with a blue or glittering liquid, are mesmerizing to watch as users glide them across their faces. The results are too—namely, a reduction in puffiness and a noticeable glow. In addition to said results (more on that below), they can also take your skin-care routine to as close to spa-like levels as you can get at home.  

What are ice globes and what do they do?

Ice globes and other cryotherapy tools (think gua sha stones, rollers, eggs, and wands) are usually made of stone, glass, metal, or plastic—and are stored in the fridge or freezer prior to use. Not only does the application of these chilled tools feel amazing on your face (talk about a wake-up call), but it can have a number of skin benefits too. “The cold temperatures can cause vasoconstriction of blood vessels, which can help to make the skin less red, and it can also decrease puffiness,” Hadley King, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist in New York, tells Glamour. This blood constriction can also help make skin look tighter, firmer, and glowier.

King says that the cold temps can also help with a reduction of fluid and lymphatic drainage, which is why you get a sculpted effect after using cryo tools. “Because the cold temperatures cause the blood vessels to vasoconstrict, this can reduce the amount of interstitial fluid that accumulates, so then there is less fluid to be drained by the lymphatics,” she says. Bye-bye, puffiness.

Ice globes and other tools can be particularly helpful for acne-prone skin, since they can help reduce redness and inflammation. Icing the area around breakouts will calm general redness, while “applying ice directly to the blemish will help to decrease inflammation, reducing the size and visibility of the spot,” says celebrity facialist Candace Marino. It’s not a bad idea either to keep these beauty tools on deck for calming skin after any peels or microdermabrasion treatments. 

How do you use ice globes and cryo tools? 

While most of these skin-care tools can be chilled in both freezer and fridge, you might want to be more cautious with glass ice globe facial massagers, since subzero temps can cause them to crack. Taylor Worden, celebrity esthetician and founder of Taylor Worden Skin, recommends keeping your ice globes in the fridge so they aren’t as intense when you apply them to your skin. Instead of working them over dry skin, “you can use them with a serum, moisturizer or mask,” Worden says. “I like to wet them with water a little to give them some slip.” If you’re using a metal roller, simply use it the same way you’d use a jade roller, and enjoy the extra-chilly benefits. 

Ready to give it a try? Read on for the best ice globes and cryotherapy tools to take your home facial experience to the next level.

Meet Mamoudou Athie, the Star of Netflix’s Scary New Show Archive 81

Actor Mamoudou Athie (Sorry for Your Loss, Patti Cake$, Unicorn Store) is the star of the Netflix show that will get you through January. It’s called Archive 81, and it’s downright terrifying. 

Athie plays Dan Turner, a video archivist hired to restore a series of tapes recovered from a New York City apartment building fire. But what starts off as a standard job soon becomes frightening, as the found footage dives into the supernatural—and has surprising connections to Dan’s own past. 

Athie is magnificent in the role, bringing depth and subtle heartbreak to what will surely be a buzzy piece of Netflix fodder. This show has viral written all over it, but Athie’s measured performance grounds it, leaving you both scared and moved. 

Off-screen, though, Athie is far more relaxed, as evidenced by the fact he was down for a round of Glamour‘s Inappropriate Questions, where we ask all the things best suited for a second (or third) date. Read on to get to know Athie more—he’s about to be your new internet crush.  

Fill in the blank for me: I love when my partner____.

Mamoudou Athie: I love when my partner takes it easy. 

Do you mean just someone who has a relaxed disposition?

Yes. Absolutely. Just, like, nothing’s a big deal, everything’s a stress-free zone.

What is your biggest deal-breaker?

Rudeness, for sure. Rudeness, bad manners, bad hygiene. I hope those are standard, but you never know. And just any kind of lying.

Have you ever ghosted anyone?

I wouldn’t say… Maybe like a fade-away ghost. I’m not proud of it. More like things dissipated. I don’t think I’ve ever just ghosted on somebody unless they did one of the above [dealbreakers]. Which, oh, I can’t even tell the story. But there was a time that I straight-up ghosted someone because I was scared.

Really? Because they were just lying, or because it was just getting out of hand?

Because it was weird. It was weird, and I was like, “This probably isn’t a good idea at all.” It was innocuous. It was kind of a lie and nothing crazy, but I was like, “Oh, this person might be a little deranged, so I got to go.”

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17 Best Winter Coats on Amazon Made for Cocooning In

Those who live in colder climates need a solid coat to survive the season’s chilly temps, which is where the best winter coats on Amazon come in. Most of us will agree that quality outerwear can cost a pretty penny, but luckily Amazon is stacked right now with top-notch options for every style and budget. 

Whether you’re on the hunt for a statement puffer to vibe with your personal style, a fleece-lined parka to throw over just about anything (pajamas included), or simply ready to replace the wool peacoat you’ve had for too many years to count, the ‘Zon has your back—literally. Ahead, the best winter coats on Amazon to bundle up in all season long. 

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