Nourish: Som Sleep

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Disclaimer: Som Sleep is only recommended for those who are 18+


Sleep and I are very, very good friends. I have been very good at falling asleep and very good at staying asleep for my entire life...until recently. 

I am not a morning person. When I don’t get enough shut-eye, I get extremely grouchy and ridiculously emotional. Ask anyone who knows me.

The first time I knew that I needed more sleep than others was when I was a freshman at NYU.

My roommate did not (and still does not!) need sleep. She can go and go and go and go and go. Me on the other hand - not so much. I crash.

My pre-college life, like many of you, was spent on a typical high school athlete schedule: early morning breakfast, morning ballet class, academics thrown in there, lunch, afternoon and evening dance classes and then sleep.

“Teenagers need 8-10 hours of sleep every night.” - National Sleep Foundation

As an 18-year-old NYU student, life changed drastically. All of a sudden it was a mix of dance classes and university classes and social life with much less sleep.

Fast forward 10 years and life is absolutely insane! While working multiple jobs, growing PointePeople, planning a wedding, and keeping up with our little puppy @bahlooladoo - I find myself having trouble shutting off at night. 

When I read about Som Sleep on the GOOP blog a few weeks ago, I knew that I had to check it out not only for myself but for the PointePeople community. Quality sleep is huge for dancers but I was skeptical that I would be able to endorse a product like this. 

What is Som Sleep?

Som Sleep is a berry-flavored supplement. Drink one can 30 minutes before bed. Best of all, you can rest easy knowing it’s low calorie, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and drug-free. Most importantly to me is that it’s non-habit forming.



Great. So, what’s in it?

  • Magnesium

Magnesium is the second most abundant element inside human cells and the fourth most abundant positively charged ion in the human body. Magnesium can be found naturally in food like almonds, spinach, avocados, and tofu. A great way to make sure you’re getting enough magnesium is to include more leafy green vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, and whole grains into your diet.

  • Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 is a vitamin that is naturally present in many foods. You can find it in fruit (other than citrus), poultry, and fish. A deficiency of Vitamin B6 can cause sleep disturbances. B6 can improve one’s awakening cortisol levels.

  • L-Theanine

Theanine is an amino acid (a building block for proteins) found in green tea.

  • GABA

...or Gamma-aminobutyric acid. It is a neurotransmitter that sends chemical messages through the brain and the nervous system, and is involved in regulating communication between brain cells. The role of GABA is to inhibit or reduce the activity of the neurons or nerve cells.

  • Melatonin

Melatonin is a hormone that’s made by the pineal gland in the brain and it controls your sleep-wake cycles. Typically, melatonin levels start to rise in the mid-to-late evening, after the sun has set. They stay elevated for most of the night while you’re in the dark. Then, they drop in the early morning as the sun rises.



Ballet dancers are competitive athletes who undergo extreme physical and mental stress and work according to an irregular schedule, with long days of training, rehearsal, and performance.

Given their need for sleep, we checked in with a few of our friends around the world to find out how much sleep they need on any given night.

Chelsea Thronson, Cincinnati Ballet 2

“I sleep 9-10 hours every night. I go to bed around 8:30pm and wake up between 5:30 and 6:30 in the morning. Sleep is a necessity for me!”

chelsea thronson
Photo Credit: Kathy Plonka
Robbie Downey, Master Ballet Academy

 “I feel best when I have at least 9 hours, but my schedule gets crazy and I am a night owl. When I go to bed before midnight I also seem to feel better rested in the morning.”

robbie downey

Natalie Varnum, Houston Ballet

“I need 8 for sure. 8-9.”

natalie varnum

Caroline Baldwin, Royal Danish Ballet

“I usually get around 8 hours of sleep on a regular night but show nights maybe closer to 6-7.”

caroline baldwin

How much sleep do you require as a dancer? Comment below!
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