Do you struggle to fall asleep at night? Do you wake up in the night and find your mind racing with thoughts, so that going back to sleep is difficult or impossible?
What if you could take an all-natural supplement to help you fall and stay asleep, with minimal side effects? That’s CBD. Today we’ll break down why an increasing number of people are choosing CBD to help them sleep.
We’ve all had nights of poor sleep. But there are times when a bad night’s sleep stretches to long periods or chronic sleeplessness. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, 30-35% of adults in the U.S. show symptoms of insomnia, a diagnosable medical condition. And, 10% of adults have chronic insomnia, when sleep issues last 3 months or longer.
Restful sleep is critical to our physical and mental well-being. Poor sleep has been shown to:
CBD is a cannabinoid. Our bodies naturally produce endocannabinoids as part of our Endocannabinoid System (ECS). This system regulates balance throughout the body. However, at times our bodies become imbalanced, and the ECS needs extra support to return us to a balanced state. As a plant-based cannabinoid (or phytocannabinoid), CBD can supplement this system and help maintain balance throughout several body systems, including the brain, organs, and nervous and immune systems.
There are several conditions and factors that can cause us to have trouble sleeping. CBD has a connection to two major ones: stress and pain.
Jobs, families, finances…all of this and more can cause us to feel stressed and overwhelmed. Our body naturally responds to stress by releasing stress hormones and bringing us into fight or flight mode. When not managed properly, chronic stress causes damage to our brains and bodies. And, it is often a cause of poor sleep.
Recent research studies and a growing number of anecdotal reports show that CBD can reduce anxiety symptoms. Part of this is due to CBD’s stimulation of the ECS, which includes cannabinoid receptors in the brain. Stress causes certain parts of the brain to enter a hyperactive state, making it extremely difficult to properly respond to stressful situations. When CBD stimulates the ECS receptors in the brain, it can help to limit the overstimulation of brain cells. If you think of racing thoughts keeping you awake at night, you can see how limiting hyperactive brain activity could be helpful for encouraging sleep.
Pain is another cause of poor sleep. Chronic pain can make lying in bed uncomfortable and sleep impossible. The ECS/balance connection is important for pain relief as well. CBD has the additional benefit of anti-inflammatory properties which can soothe inflamed muscles and joints. And, it has also been shown to prevent nerve damage.
When lack of sleep becomes a chronic issue, people often look to prescription medications or sleep aids as a solution. However, these medications can be habit forming, and often cause serious side effects.
CBD, on the other hand, has few reported side effects. These include drowsiness and occasional upset stomach. And, CBD is non-psychoactive and non-habit forming.
Should you choose to use a CBD product to help with your sleep issues, you won’t need a prescription (though it’s best to talk with your doctor first if you are taking other medications).
If you are dealing with stress or are seeking a CBD product to work throughout the whole body, you can try taking a hemp oil tincture, concentrate, capsule, or vaping before bed. General practice is to take the manufacturer’s recommended serving for a minimum of 1 week. Then, you can evaluate whether it’s working for you, or if you need to increase or decrease the serving.
If your sleep issues are related to pain, you can try a CBD topical. Topicals can be applied to specific areas of the body for targeted relief, and are non-transdermal, meaning they will not enter your bloodstream. You can use these products without worrying whether CBD will interact with your current medications. Our Gold Label concentrate, which contains 25% CBD (the highest potency available on our site), is also a popular choice for chronic pain sufferers.