Did you know that taking CBD might help you find a better night’s sleep?
I know what you’re thinking–the market is already oversaturated with products that are supposed to help us sleep better. From melatonin, to Benadryl, to prescription medications, we have an overwhelming list of sleeping aids to choose from at the touch of our fingertips. Unfortunately, few people report finding a sleeping aid that works successfully. Even for those who do find success with these products, many fall victim to adverse side effects of heavy duty sleeping pills.
Unlike pharmaceutical sleeping medications and even some naturopathic remedies, CBD may provide a non-habit forming solution for sleeping issues. Whether you are suffering from a sleep disorder like insomnia, or you simply have an unexplainably difficult time getting to bed, CBD might offer you relief at a far lower risk than traditional sleep aids.
Keep reading to learn more about how CBD might help you fall asleep, stay asleep, and feel better rested in the long-run.
How Does CBD Impact Your Energy Levels?
First of all, you might be wondering about the potential side effects of CBD on your sleep cycle. In general, CBD has shown very few side effects, especially when it comes to your sleeping habits.
In fact, CBD has also shown to boost energy levels in many cases. CBD does not cause grogginess upon waking. Therefore, its effectiveness in helping you get to sleep can even help increase your energy the following day.
Of course, a good sleep aid will hopefully improve your energy levels overtime. Ironically, however, many products made to promote sleep lead leave people feeling tired and unrested. This can happen even after a full night of sleep. Even medicines melatonin and valerian root, naturally derived chemicals that influence the sleep cycle, are known to leave users feeling groggy.
CBD may provide a natural approach to better sleep that does not take a toll on one’s energy levels in the process.
Improving Your Sleep Cycle
Now, let’s talk about how exactly CBD can work to improve sleep quality. CBD likely not only helps people fall asleep faster, but can also help you sleep through the night without waking. This can be extremely helpful for individuals who struggle with interrupted, unrestful sleep that inhibits deep sleep.
Like many other sleeping aids, CBD interacts with the body’s natural sleep cycle. Research on CBD’s direct interactions with the sleep cycle is not fully developed yet, but the herbal remedy may increase deep sleep.
According to neurologists and sleep technologists, deep sleep marks perhaps the most important factor determining a good night’s sleep. Deep sleep influences your quality of rest, brain function, and your ability to replenish your energy and function each day.
Issues related to deep sleep play a key role in many sleep disorders. Many disorders not only make it difficult to fall asleep, but prevent a person from reaching deep sleep.
One promising indication of how CBD promotes deep sleep comes from a 2017 study involving a condition known as REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD). RBD causes people to physically act out their dreams, prevent deep sleep and thus making it difficult to achieve rest even after falling asleep. When a test group of RBD patients took CBD, most exemplified decreased symptoms.
Other research suggests that at low doses, CBD can also produce a stimulating effect that enhances energy, while at high doses, it produces a sedating effect that can improve sleep. While we still do not know everything about how CBD affects the sleep/wake cycle, this fact indicates a promising versatility.
Addressing Underlying Issues of Sleep Deprivation
On top of directly regulating sleep cycle and improving deep sleep, CBD might help to address underlying issues that lead to sleep deprivation.
Many individuals suffer from poor sleep quality simply because of other factors in their daily lives. Leading causes of trouble sleeping often include:
- Chronic pain
- Side effects from other medications
- Anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues
Because CBD might provide an extremely wide range of symptom relief, using CBD might mitigate disorders like insomnia simply because it is addressing other issues. For example, taking a daily dose of CBD might decrease an individual’s chronic pain and anxiety at the same time. By addressing both of these issues, they can resultantly enjoy more easy turning in at night.
Trouble falling asleep often leads to a vicious and dreadful cycle that can cause increasing anxiety as it becomes harder to achieve rest. Hopefully, the versatility of CBD can continue to help more and more individuals achieve a better night’s sleep and a more balanced daily life.
*Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.