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A Problem Getting to Sleep? Try CBD for Insomnia

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Morning comes and you feel like you haven’t had any sleep? Your mind is going like crazy when you hit the pillow? Cranky all day because you didn’t get enough shuteye? If you have a problem getting to sleep, you may want to try CBD for insomnia.

It’s a Fact: Canadians are Sleep-Deprived

A survey by Statistics Canada reported that “… 43 per cent of men and 55 per cent of women in the 18 to 64 age group reported a problem getting to sleep or staying asleep “sometimes/most of the time/all of the time.” 

The survey says this state of affairs is linked to a number of “…adverse health outcomes, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, …depression, irritability, and reduced well-being.” According to this documentary, insomnia can negatively affect memory and emotions. It is also linked to increased traffic collisions and lost productivity. Getting a sound night’s sleep is the most important thing we can do for good overall health.

New research suggests insomniacs often feel more anxious than other people. Moreover, interrupted sleep may be as harmful as missing sleep altogether. The biology of sleep is complex and not fully understood. Nevertheless, enough is known about the importance of sleep for good health.

What Are the Options for Getting a Good Sleep?

Not many of us still count sheep to get to sleep. But there are lots of strategies to get you to slumberland. These include meditation, deep-breathing, and avoiding alcohol, spicy foods, and strenuous exercise before bedtime. And then of course, there is the pharmaceutical approach. A doctor’s prescription will get you a chemical intervention. This may get you to sleep, but comes with potential side effects and possible addiction.

Ultimately, not enough quality sleep, especially the deep sleep referred to as REM (Rapid Eye Movement) is a result of stress in our lives. Therefore, reducing stress is the best way to increase our quality of sleep. Unfortunately, this isn’t always possible.  

CBD for Insomnia: Does It Really Work?

Enter CBD (cannabidiol), one of the two key ingredients in the cannabis plant. This biological compound is showing great promise. Interestingly, knowledge of the benefits of CBD is not new. According to an article in Consumer Reports, “People have been turning to cannabis for its possible health benefits for a long, long time. Its ability to help people, for example, is mentioned in the Atharvaveda, a Hindu text that dates back to around 1500 B.C., and its use for inducing sleep is described in a 1200 A.D. Chinese medical text.”

CBD treats any anxiety that underlies the cause of insomnia. Some recent studies, according to an article in HuffPost,”… point to CBD’s ability to interact with … serotonin receptors and GABA receptors in the brain…Serotonin plays an important role in mood and anxiety, and GABA is known as the main ‘inhibitory’ neurotransmitter, meaning it calms excess activity in the brain and promotes relaxation.”

Is CBD Right for You?

When it comes to CBD for insomnia, admittedly the research is not conclusive. But the evidence to date is encouraging. So, if you’re having a problem getting to sleep, or you wake up during the night and you’re going 100 miles an hour, try CBD and put on the brakes. You deserve a good night’s sleep.

Our customers speak highly of medicinal cannabis to help them get to sleep (you can read reviews here). If you are new to medicinal cannabis, we recommend starting with an oral CBD product , in capsule or tincture format. 

More information on CBD as an all-natural healing product can be found here. More information on product selection can be found here.

We can help you choose the right product and advise on dosing. Please contact us at support@lunewellness.com.

The Staff at Lune Wellness