Have you ever thought about trying CBD for insomnia?
If you struggle with racing thoughts, groggy mornings, a mid-afternoon urge to doze off, or general trouble getting a full night’s sleep, you may be suffering from insomnia.
Sleep problems are all-too-common for Canadian adults: According to the CBC, about 30% of Canadians suffer from some form of sleep disorder, a general description which includes insomnia, sleep apnea, and restless leg syndrome, amongst others.
Older people tend to experience insomnia more severely, and it’s possible that 50% of seniors struggle with it.
If your days tend to run on in a backward way, where you wake up cranky and end up “too” awake, you could be facing serious health consequences.
The good news is that you may find CBD (cannabidiol) to be a natural and gentle sleep aid.
Insomnia Symptoms and Causes
Insomnia is a general term that refers to a general lack of sleep — either you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep on a regular basis.
Most of us have experienced this now and again, but if this happens regularly, it can seriously affect your well-being.
Symptoms can include:
- Waking up too early
- Falling asleep too late
- Waking during the night
- Waking feeling less rested than you should
- Depression and anxiety
- Daytime fatigue
- Concentration problems
Causes of insomnia can include stress, late-night eating, mental health problems, caffeine and medications
If you are worried about not getting enough shuteye and you’ve not determined the cause, it’s important to get checked by a doctor.
If you’re thinking of trying CBD for insomnia, you’ll likely find it will help with your anxiety as well.
The Consequences of Insomnia
If you’ve ruled out serious health issues such as sleep apnea and have made some changes to your sleep habits, but are still suffering, there may be a core cause: stress and anxiety.
Stress can both cause and exacerbate insomnia, to the point where you end up in a vicious cycle of staying stressed out into the night, being unable to sleep, and the resulting lack of sleep only puts more strain on your body’s systems.
If left unchecked, a prolonged lack of sleep can lead to serious problems, such as:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Cardiovascular disease
- Traffic accidents
- Lack of productivity
Insomnia sufferers should certainly try relaxation routines which include meditation and deep breathing before bed.
Ensuring that you have a well-ventilated, clean, and dark sleeping area free of electronics is another must for improving your sleep.
A doctor’s prescription will get you a chemical intervention that, while getting you to sleep, comes with potential side effects and possible addiction.
If you have tried prescription medications for sleeping and you are interested in a natural alternative, you may want to consider CBD for insomnia.
CBD for Insomnia: Does it really work?
You’ve probably already heard that CBD (cannabidiol), one of the two key ingredients in the cannabis plant, may offer relief from anxiety and insomnia.
Although there’s evidence that cannabis products have been used for centuries,
we’re only now really discovering how it helps the body find relief from a myriad of disorders.
A 2019 study which followed the sleep habits of 72 adults who experienced sleep problems and anxiety showed positive results after taking CBD regularly showed promise, with around 79 percent claiming they felt less anxiety and about 66 percent saying they slept better
Other research suggests that cannabidiol may improve REM sleep specifically.
Some recent studies, as summarized in this HuffPost article, suggest that CBD interacts with serotonin (the “happiness” hormone) and GABA, and that’s how it helps to relieve anxiety.
Solving your insomnia usually requires more than just popping a pill — you’ll no doubt want to take a holistic approach to get your 7-8 hours of shuteye a night.
But trying CBD for insomnia can be a part of your treatment.
Why not try CBD for insomnia?
If your mind is racing at bedtime, or you wake up during the night and you’re going 100 miles an hour, CBD could help you put on the brakes — after all, you deserve a good night’s sleep!
Our experts can offer you advice on our various CBD products, which you can try at a small dose and then work your way up to find the right dose for you.
Please let us know how we can help you get your life back into balance, get a good night’s rest, and feel better in the morning.
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This article was originally published in 2019, but has been updated just for you in 2020!