MISSING OUT ON YOUR ZZZS? CAN YOU USE CBD FOR POOR SLEEP?
Hush little baby, don’t say a word …
A lot of things can impact the quality of your sleep, including anxiety, depression, and PTSD. None of those conditions are anyone's fault, but they leave people feeling helpless to control what should be a normal bodily routine.
Other factors, like nighttime exposure to blue light, alcohol intake before bed, and staying up to binge-watch a Netflix series are within our power, but also negatively impact our sleep cycles before zzz-time.
But let’s say you’ve already tried a lot of things: putting the phone down, meditating, and making your bedroom a sleep-only oasis...
Has it worked? If it did, you might not be reading this article.
There’s another possibility that researchers have found, CBD, which has been helping people get higher quality sleep cycles with almost no additional effort.
Studies looking at CBD for poor sleep
The American Sleep Association provides a rundown of how CBD may affect sleep:
Researchers discovered that the endocannabinoid system plays a role in maintaining certain body functions, such as mood, appetite, sleep, and regulating circadian rhythms.
Within the endocannabinoid system is a network of cannabinoid receptors in the brain and central nervous system. The two primary receptors identified are CB1 and CB2.
Cannabinoids attach to these cells and have various effects. As far as how they may affect sleep, some research indicates that the cannabinoid CBD may interact with specific receptors, potentially affecting the sleep/wake cycle.
As far as dedicated research, here are some results from study reviews and individual studies:
- “Anxiety scores decreased within the first month in 57 patients (79.2%) and remained decreased during the study duration.Sleep scores improvedwithin the first month in 48 patients (66.7%) but fluctuated over time.”
- “Preliminaryclinical trialssuggest that high-dose oral CBD (150-600 mg/d) may exert a therapeutic effect for social anxiety disorder, insomnia and epilepsy, but also that it may cause mental sedation.”
- "Preliminaryresearchinto cannabis and insomnia suggests that cannabidiol (CBD) may have therapeutic potential for the treatment of insomnia.."
While continued research on CBD & sleep is underway - CBD has also been suggested to help reduce stress, excessive worrying, racing thoughts, and apprehension. And we all know the impact those things have on getting a good night’s rest.
Show the Nighttime Scaries the door—and really do those sleep hygiene steps!
Stress & anxiety cause significant issues for a lot of individuals, and as we open up more and more about mental health, we come to realize just how many people struggle with them to some extent or another.
At night, we’re alone with our mind. And many times, our brain just needs a little nudge to take the edge off those nagging thoughts that aren't productive nor relaxing. Many people have found that CBD can help soothe those racing thoughts and show them the door.
And that may help you get some damn sleep, especially if you follow some tried and true sleep hygiene tips:
- Consistency: go to bed and get up at consistent times
- Prioritize sleep: watch 1 episode, not 4
- Calm the mind: don't check emails or social media
- Shut off the lights: blue lights from portable devices mess up your circadian rhythm
- Fast: Cut the alcohol, caffeine and snacking which can spike blood sugar
- Buy an alarm clock: make the bedroom a place for sleep—not work. Leave your phone in another room.
Less stress & consistent rest go a long way toward improving life
Are you tired of lying awake all night staring at the ceiling and then feeling completely drained the next day? Would your brain just make up its mind? Either it wants sleep, or it doesn't. It's enough to give you whiplash.
TLDR: try incorporating CBD oil to your nighttime routine.
Quiet the mind and get some rest so you can greet those suits in the AM and show them who’s boss!
*Article Updated August 2022 by Sunday Scaries® Quality Assurance Team