TikTok may be full of people doing dances, but it’s also been the cause of loads of trends, from beauty to food. Let’s not forget how many hacks we’ve learned from the social media site, either. Thanks to TikTok, we now know how to achieve the perfect pout with lip liner and how socks can help you to fall asleep faster.
Now, there’s yet another sleeping hack that’s gone viral on TikTok, which is supposed to help people drift off quickly. Forget your pillow sprays and eye masks, because all you need for this one is… a bag of frozen peas.
In the TikTok video, Frankie Simmons reveals how her ‘life changing’ discovery has cured her sleeping pattern struggles. She actually posted the video back in August, but since then it’s racked up 3.2 million views.
Frankie explains in her video that the frozen pea hack is all to do with the vagus nerve, aka the most complex of our cranial nerves, which are responsible for sending information to our brain from elsewhere in the body. The vagus nerve ‘is one of the longest nerves in your body and it controls a lot of your parasympathetic nervous system – AKA the nervous system in control of calming you down,’ Frankie says.
‘A couple of years ago it was a very regular occurrence for me to wake up at 4am with anxiety all the time. And I’d have to pull myself up out of bed and do all this breath work and energy work and tea drinking, and spend forever trying to calm myself down to go back to sleep,’ she continues. ‘All that changed the day that I found out about icing your vagus nerve.’
Frankie goes on to explain: ‘Applying cold to our vagus nerve helps to release inflammation, it stimulates [the vagus nerve] and helps it do its job better. You can do this by taking ice-cold showers. You can do this by taking dips in ice-cold lakes. But, if you want to save yourself the discomfort, just put an ice pack on the centre of your chest. Wrap it in a towel, put it right there, lie down for at least 15 minutes and it is a game-changer.’
If you don’t have an ice pack, Frankie suggests a bag of frozen peas will do the trick of helping you fall asleep faster. ‘When I found [out about] this… I didn’t even have an ice pack at the time, I would just go to the freezer, get a pack of peas, put it between my boobs and I’d be back out in no time. It changed my life. I want everybody to know about this magic,’ she says.
Alexa, add frozen peas to the shopping list…