Tired? Let’s talk about CBD and sleep...
Many people would give most anything for a peaceful, restful night’s sleep. Without enough sleep, we can’t function at peak emotional, physical and mental levels. Yet, with today’s high-stress, plugged-in world, most of us only get to wish for a good night’s sleep. Stress, worry, issues with discomfort - all potential disruptors to rest - have most people turning to over-the-counter and prescription pharmaceuticals.
Others, however, have expressed legitimate fears as to the long term potential side effects of those options and have been searching for more natural wellness solutions. This is why some consumers have turned to CBD to help. In a recent Consumer Report survey, 10% of respondents report using CBD as a sleep aid.
Studies have shown that hemp-extracted CBD from certain strains contains a terpene called myrcene, which is, reportedly, said to have a “highly sedating” effect on some. Although human studies are constantly evolving, myrcene’s effects are well established in animal studies.
The most common way this is result is achieved has been through those who enjoy their product through a tincture or oil.
How does this work?
Multiple studies have shown that CBD works by interacting with the endocannabinoid system found in the human body. The CBD binds to the receptors throughout the body and will, potentially, create that much-desired balance (homeostasis). By doing so, it is believed this can assist with things like inflammation and insomnia.
An important piece of advice: Before you start dipping into tinctures, and other CBD based products, make sure you have a conversation with your healthcare provider. As with all wellness products, it is important to feel sure that this product may be right for you.
After you are ready to begin infusing CBD into your routine, it is commonplace to start with the lowest amount. Most find relief with what they start with. Others will “ramp up” through different levels until they find their right amount in milligrams and in enjoyment method. Another way to begin trying CBD based natural products is by using a topical cream, first. Some have found their only issue was solved by an easy cream-based product.
No matter what type or avenue you may try, we can all agree that it is vital for humans to get the right amount of sleep each night. The importance of achieving REM sleep, those peak hours when you dream, is essential for the health and wellness of humans, overall. According to medical studies on sleep, many doctors have found that “it’s actually a lack of REM sleep and lack of dreaming — rather than just poor sleep in general — that’s responsible for many of the health problems Americans suffer from today.”
Just be sure you’re always purchasing products from reputable brands like ours. Only consider those who are aligned with high-quality standards in extraction and manufacturing, and who are transparent with their third party testing and Certificates of Analysis.
*Representations regarding the efficacy and safety of CBD have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat, or cure any disease. Consult your physician prior to use, especially if you are pregnant, nursing or using other medications.