A lot of us have been there at some point, tossing and turning for hours, staring out the bedroom window all night at the street light or the moon, the constant glancing at the alarm clock dreading the next morning because you now the work day is going to be full of miserable and embarrassing head bobs during your after lunch work meetings. Insomnia can be caused by so many things we wont even try to list them all here, but the main culprit is your circadian rhythm, regardless of whatever bad stimulus is affecting it, it is simply out of whack.
It is your brain and body’s natural internal 24-hour sleep-wake cycle and it is extremely sensitive. These 24-hour rhythms are driven by a circadian clock, and they have been widely observed not just in humans but in plants, animals, fungi, and cyanobacteria.
You can just about name anything that comes to mind and it probably has an effect on this internal ticker. Anything from our cell phones blue light to GERD reflux disease can throw this clock into a free spin keeping you up all night and falling asleep during the day. Alcohol, caffeine, travel, jet lag, shift work, stress, anxiety, lack of exercise, age, diet, adhd, just about anything can ruin this sensitive timer. We wouldn’t be surprised if scientists came out and told us that stubbing our toe on the coffee table or sniffing a dryer sheet is enough to set the time back on this fragile internal clock.
Serious life impact!
Sleep is in our top 3 list of most important things to receive every day, air and food are 1 and 2. Insomnia can affect you both mentally and physically and it can have a serious impact on the quality of life you experience compared with people who are sleeping well. Lower performance on the job or at school, slowed reaction time while driving and a higher risk of accidents, mental health disorders, such as depression and anxiety or an increased risk as well as severity of long-term diseases or conditions, such as high blood pressure and heart disease. This can all lead right back to less sleep. It’s a viscous cycle.
Can CBD help?
In many CBD studies one of the most commonly reported CBD associations by users is sedation and subjective improvements in sleep duration. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31120284/
“Preliminary research into cannabis and insomnia suggests that cannabidiol (CBD) may have therapeutic potential for the treatment of insomnia.” https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28349316/ .
In another randomized study (no results given), participants were given 10mg THC and 200mg CBD. One of the goals of the study was to improve sleep, both duration and quality, as well as alleviate daytime impairments. “Anecdotally, consumers of cannabis commonly report that the drug promotes uninterrupted sleep”. “Both CBD and THC affect components of the endogenous cannabinoid system which are involved in the regulation of the circadian sleep-wake cycle, including the maintenance and promotion of sleep.” In past blogs we reported from research that CBD is an indirect CB1 and CB2 receptor agonist, and has shown to increase concentrations of the major endogenous cannabinoid, anandamide, by inhibiting the degrading enzyme, fatty acid amid hydrolase. “Increasing endogenous anandamide via FAAH inhibition normalized deficits in stage N3 sleep in cannabis-dependent men experiencing withdrawal, consistent with preclinical data showing that anandamide promotes slow wave sleep, possibly through increases in extracellular adenosine concentrations”. “Furthermore, CBD is a promiscuous molecule that exhibits activity on a wide array of molecular targets beyond CB1 and CB2 receptors such as inhibitory GABA receptors, which may also influence sleep.”
Unfortunately, no results were given in this study, but several of the studies mentioned in the article state that many people report they receive sedation and sustained sleep effects from CBD. So, does CBD help you sleep and fight insomnia? On a personal basis we can say YES! While taking CBD every night just before bed (30-50mg) we personally have had a tremendously easier time falling asleep and staying asleep all night without the groggy mornings that over the counter meds can cause. Time to fall asleep for us has averaged 5 to 15 min, way down from the 1+ hours that it used to require. To satisfy the FDA, we are not making any claims here, this is our own personal experience and your experience may be different. We hope this leads you to some of your own research discoveries and sheds some more light on CBD and a cure for your restless nights. In the meantime, here are some personal care tips to help you get through the night better, and don’t forget to try our Oral Sleep Spray infused with CBD, GABA, Valerian Root and Melatonin!
Prevention & Self Care
Always consult your physician if you plan on making changes to your medications or if you plan to try a more natural approach, including any herbal supplements like CBD. Here are some things that can help.
- Avoid or limit caffeine and alcohol, and don't use nicotine. (Major Contributors to Insomnia & Anxiety)
- Create a relaxing bedtime ritual, such as taking a warm bath (CBD Bath Bombs), reading or listening to soft music.
- Keep your bedtime and wake time consistent from day to day, including weekends.
- Exercise Exercise Exercise! — regular activity helps promote a good night's sleep.
- Avoid or limit naps.
- Avoid large meals and beverages before bedtime.
- Make your bedroom comfortable and only use it for sex or sleep.
- CBD, GABA, Valerian Root, and Melatonin are popular supplements for insomnia.
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