Depression, stress & anxiety, Sleep & insomnia

CBD for sleep: What you need to know

CBD has shown great promise as an antidote to insomnia and other sleep disorders, assisting with the alleviation of anxiety, stress and physical pain – some of the biggest culprits robbing you of a good night’s sleep.

So you’ve tried sleep therapy, cut out caffeine, unplugged from all your tech and even turned to over-the-counter medication, yet a good night’s sleep still eludes you. 

Physical exhaustion aside, a lack of sleep can wreak havoc on your mental and emotional wellbeing, causing poor concentration, heightened anxiety and even mood swings. 

So what’s the solution? Cannabidiol aka CBD.   

As the non-intoxicating chemical found in marijuana and hemp plants, CBD delivers the same benefits, but without the “high”. Unsurprisingly, it has become the elixir of choice for those battling with insomnia.

Unlike allopathic medications, which are designed to send you to sleep instantly, CBD doesn’t act as a sedative. Instead, it interacts with receptors in the endocannabinoid system, which is believed to maintain balance in the body by regulating everything from metabolism and immune function. In doing so it can assist in tackling the root cause of insomnia, be it physical pain, high anxiety or stress. Better still, it has no known common side-effects. 

Sounds like a dream right? 

While more research is still to be done, there are studies that point to CBD as a promising solution to your sleep woes. A study published in January 2019 called Cannabidiol in Anxiety and Sleep: A Large Case Series looked at the effects of CBD on sleep in 72 adults – 66.7% experienced improved sleep within the first month. 

Another survey by Project CBD examined 1,521 people who used CBD to assist with sleep issues. The finding? 

  • CBD improved their ability to fall asleep quicker (the average time it took to fall asleep went from 62 to 20 minutes).
  • CBD promoted better quality sleep (they went from waking four times a night on average to just once). 
  • A significant 75% of non-CBD users surveyed reported waking up tired, while just 9% of people using CBD reported the same thing.

Sally Moult, who discovered the benefits of CBD at the age of 65, says it has been a game changer for her. “As long as I can remember I have suffered from insomnia. I’m lucky if I have four hours of sleep, but most nights I get about three hours and it’s not unusual for me to not sleep at all,” she says. 

After suffering from a stroke four years ago, which affected the left side of her body and resulted in frequent panic attacks, sleep became even more problematic. Sally was prescribed Alzam, a tranquilizer used to treat anxiety, but still, she lay awake. When her niece recommended CBD oil, she decided to give it a try – and the results were life-changing.

“After just a week of taking CBD oil in the evenings, I could feel the difference in my sleep patterns. I slept more and I slept better – no more disturbed sleep and no more nightmares.” 

So whether it’s an aching body or an overactive mind that’s keeping you awake at night, CBD may just be the antidote you’ve been dreaming about.

 

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