Wouldn't it be nice to wake up without an alarm clock? The makers of a new supplement claims you can.
Peggy Pico puts "Wake Up On Time" to the test.
Mickel Bohi and Keith Brockmeyer, two very busy sleep deprived NBC producers agreed to try "Wake Up On Time," a new supplement that promises two pills taken at bedtime will wake you up in the morning before your alarm clock does.
"I took it last night about 9:30," said TV Producer Mick Bohi.
"Long day at work, got home, took the pills. I was ready to go to sleep," said producer Keith Brockmeyer.
The supplement contains mostly b-vitamins.
"Those are vitamins associated with the nervous system, transforming what we eat into usable forms in the body," said Pharmacist James Mattioda.
It also has herbs, including guarana seeds.
"Guarana is a South American plant that has a content of caffeine, primarily it's used as a caffeine source," said Mattioda.
"You're basically drinking a soda, the equivalent of a soda before you go to sleep which no doctor or consumer would ever think is a good idea," said Family Physician Dr. Robert Bonakdar.
But, the makers of "Wake Up On Time" say the ingredients are time-released.
"I fell asleep just like normal. I was really tired and I slept throughout the night," Bohi said.
Not Keith. "It actually took me longer to fall asleep than I'm use to," said Brockmeyer.
The sandman isn't easily fooled by pills, explains sleep researcher Doctor Larry Kline.
"You have to remember the rule, in God we trust, everybody else needs data. We'd like to know what's the science behind this," said sleep specialist Dr. Lawrence Kline.
"I didn't feel what the pills were promising waking up on time without the alarm clock. I was looking for that alarm clock and I could've actually slept in a couple more hours," said Brockmeyer.
"I never wake up before my alarm clock. I woke up at 7:30. My alarm clock was set for 8:30. That never happens, so I think they work," said Bohi. She got to work early.
One bottle cost around $30 and you can only buy it online.
However, doctors warn online and over the counter supplements are not always FDA regulated or FDA approved.