When you think Pepsico, the first thing that comes to mind is likely caffeinated soda beverages that help spike your energy. While those would tend to keep you up at night, their newest drink is all about helping folks sleep better.
Called Driftwell, this brand of canned "enhanced water" contains aromas and compounds that can help us chill out, relax, and get to sleep after a stressful day.
In terms of aroma, Driftwell's first flavor uses blackberry and lavender, a soothing fragrance commonly used for relaxation.
The beverage itself is fortified with 10% of our daily needs of magnesium. It's not just to get us the essential mineral: a 2018 study found that increasing dietary magnesium intake in the long term can help women sleep better. However, it was unable to establish a causation for this, and it couldn't say the same thing for men.
Driftwell also contains 200 mg of theanine, which is found in green tea and other foods. Theanine has been found in research to increase levels of "feel-good" neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine in the brain.
Since the drink itself contains a variety of compounds that help relax us, it's natural that it should also provide some aid in sleeping. While we haven't seen data yet that proves the functional beverage itself does the same, it definitely has the science to back it up.
10-packs of Driftwell will be available starting in December 2020 at stores nationwide. Each pack will cost $17.99.