The older we get, the harder is seems to be able to sleep through the night….just know that you not alone. In fact, over 50 million US adults suffer from sleep deprivation, whether it be from a sleep disorder, chronic pain, or just life in general. Studies reveal that poor sleep quality can put you at risk for serious health problems including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.
“It’s 2:30 in the morning, I snap out of a dream and immediately start thinking about work. After staring at the ceiling for almost an hour, I realize it’s futile….I get up, make a pot of coffee and fire up the laptop. I hate it when this happens.”
If you’re dealing with the inability to get a good night’s sleep, CBD might be your solution. As a natural plant-based alternative to pharmaceutical drugs, CBD for sleep has gained rapid popularity in recent years.
Let’s face it, one of the reasons you’re reading this is because you’re looking for a natural solution, not a prescribed one. Many of the pharmaceuticals used to treat sleep problems come with a long list of harsh possible side effects, such as anxiety, depression, impaired driving, and symptoms of withdrawal. Using CBD for sleep, on the other hand, is non-habit forming with no known consequential side effects.
According to Eileen Konieczny, RN and the co-author of the book, Healing with CBD: How Cannabidiol Can Transform Your Health Without the High (Ulysses Press, September 18, 2018), CBD, a non-psychoactive compound in the cannabis plant, may be the magic pill when it comes to sleep issues. “Because CBD has effective anti-anxiety and calming effects, the experience of better sleep with CBD is not because CBD is causing drowsiness, but rather because the anxiety relief and relaxation it provides allows for better quality of rest,” says Konieczny. “That being said, because of its biphasic properties, CBD can have both alerting effects at low to medium doses and more sedating and sleep-producing effects at high doses. Low to moderate doses of CBD that create an alerting effect might be helpful for narcoleptics, or people suffering from excessive sleepiness during the day. In one insomnia study, high doses (160 milligrams) of CBD were shown to improve the length and quality of sleep.”
Research has shown CBD is positively correlated with improving sleep patterns, but ironically NOT because it makes you sleepy. Rather, it appears to promote sleep improvements due to the fact that it can lower stress levels as a powerful antioxidant, where it is indirectly responsible for better sleep mostly because of its ability to stop inflammation on the cellular level- allowing you to fall asleep quicker and sleep longer throughout the night
For people dealing with pain, anxiety, and stress, tossing and turning towards another sleepless night is something they’re all too familiar with. Luckily, this is where CBD appears to hold one of its many benefits, as it has shown significant abilities to help reduce anxiety and promote relaxation.
Don’t let chronic pain or a sleep disorder prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep any longer- it’s time to give CBD a try.