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Trey Lyles battling insomnia with fruit-flavored drink

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Trey Lyles and other NBA players are battling insomnia with a new sleep drink called Som.

Som is a “drug-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free” drink created by a start-up in Santa Monica, Calif. Som is not yet on the market, but is certified by the National Science Foundation for Sport.

Som was not designed for NBA players, but they have become its loyal customer.

“We didn’t create this for professional athletes,” said Brad Marks, the company’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Eighty-six percent of Americans have trouble sleeping. It’s a national epidemic and there really isn’t anything on the market that’s safe and non-habit forming in a drink form.”

Lyles was introduced to the drink by Denver Nuggets’ strength and condition coach Felipe Eichenberger after Lyles told Eichenberger about his insomnia.

“I’m a thinker, so my mind is always running,” Lyles told Sports Illustrated. “After games, my body can’t settle down, so I just lie there with my thoughts. Then I start looking at the clock: ‘It’s 4, and I’ve got practice at 9. I’m going to be tired.'”

“I’ve tried all the little games, all the sheep counting. Nothing worked for me.”

Nothing worked until Som.

Lyles averaged 5.6 points and 3.0 rebounds per game in November, pre-Som. In December, he averaged 14.7 points and 6.6 rebounds per game, post-Som.

Will be interesting to see if this drink catches on.


Article written by Kindsey Bernhard

Lover of dogs, sports and beer. @kindseybernhard

10 Comments for Trey Lyles battling insomnia with fruit-flavored drink

  1. BigBlueOnYou
    1:45 pm February 11, 2018 Permalink

    Thanks for this irrelevant post while our hoops team is in shambles!! But oh thank you lord for helping a former 4 months and out player sleep well!!

    • antiquefurnitureandmidgets
      4:23 pm February 11, 2018 Permalink

      Because you just can’t have too many Fellowship of the Miserable the sky is falling posts. I mean they really should stay on task because if anything is going to make this team turn around it’s KSR. Sheesh.

  2. RajonTheDon9
    2:07 pm February 11, 2018 Permalink

    Settle down, dude. We’ve known since this past summer this team would be where they’re at. Thanks for the post but I would recommend Deepak Chopra for Trey. Dude has helped me get off all sleeping mess…

    • BigBlueOnYou
      2:13 pm February 11, 2018 Permalink

      I recommend knee pads next time there bud, maybe you’ll be a little less sore afterwards.

  3. Angelo
    2:36 pm February 11, 2018 Permalink

    Zoloft and Paxil work great for sleep. Paxil works too well and has a lot of side effects.

  4. sincitycat
    2:40 pm February 11, 2018 Permalink

    He lives in Colorado so it’s a shame he cannot use medical marijuana. It’s the best sleep aid I’ve ever found.

  5. sincitycat
    3:13 pm February 11, 2018 Permalink

    It’s old hippie, thank you.

  6. Miller45
    3:53 pm February 11, 2018 Permalink

    regardless that this article does come out of left field a bit, insomnia is no joke. my college roommate, a non drug user social drinker, had chronic insomnia and it really had some adverse effects on his overall well being

    • Kindsey Bernhard
      9:37 am February 12, 2018 Permalink

      Not out of left field. SI published the article last week. Thought it was an interesting story on a former Cat.