How Effective is CBD for Sleep?

by | Jan 5, 2021 | CBD for Health

Sleep is something that can be difficult to come by for many people for a variety of reasons. When we do not get the recommended amount of sleep (meaning at least 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep), we can experience several side effects that range from drowsiness to aggression. Lack of sleep can lead to a poor diet, low libido, feelings of sadness, and communication issues with loved ones.

So it is absolutely vital to get enough sleep. But, that is not always the easiest goal to accomplish, especially for those who have sleep problems like insomnia and hypersomnia or mental illnesses like anxiety that stand in the way of their being able to sleep. Rather than turning to the use of prescription medications to help improve sleep, individuals may be able to use CBD to cure their sleep woes.

 

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How Effective is CBD for Sleep?

As with all things CBD, more research needs to be conducted on how it interacts with the brain and influences sleep patterns. Even though more research needs to be done, that does not mean that we do not have some important information about what we have uncovered so far.

According to the American Sleep Association (ASA), CBD has already provided positive results for those who are using it to improve their sleep. In short, the endocannabinoid system is further activated when CBD is present in the body. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for several things, such as mood, appetite, and even sleep. Research currently shows that CBD increases the function of the endocannabinoid receptors, which have the power to promote relaxation and provide pain relief. So, while CBD is not going to directly induce sleep, it can help calm the mind and soothe the body in ways that allow for a simpler transition into sleep. CBD has also proven to help people stay asleep rather than waking up one or more times throughout the night. 

While more research is being conducted, people continue to turn to the use of CBD not only to help themselves sleep but also to help their pets get some rest. Older pets or pets with anxiety problems have shown to benefit from CBD, too. 

 Before Taking CBD For Sleep

If you’re suffering from a lack of sleep and are interested in seeing if CBD can help you, there are a few things you should consider. 

First, you should always consult with a doctor before adding a new supplement to your routine. CBD can have negative interactions with certain prescriptions such as those for depression and heart problems. So, make sure that CBD will not compromise any medications you take. CBD generally has very minimal side effects but some people can have more serious reactions so be aware of this possibility and start small until you are confident CBD is safe for you. 

Then, you will have to decide which CBD product you are going to use. There are a huge variety of CBD products on the market including lip balms, sprays, rubs, pills, gummies, and oils. While all of them have the potential to help with sleep, some will work better than others. CBD oil is a very popular option for full-body relief. You just put your desired dose under your tongue and hold it there for 60 to 90 seconds to let it absorb. By doing this at night before bed, you may feel the strongest sleep aid effects of the CBD. 

Dose size is also something that can affect whether CBD ends up helping someone sleep. It can be hard to know exactly how much CBD to take at a time but you don’t have to worry about taking too much since it is not possible to overdose on CBD. If you try using CBD one night to sleep better and don’t find that it helps, consider increasing your dose until you find an amount that works for you. It may take some experiment and patience but that first night of excellent sleep will make it all worth it.  

The last thing to consider is the brand of CBD products you buy. Unfortunately, as CBD has boomed in popularity, there has been an increasing amount of disreputable CBD sellers in the market. You can protect yourself by reading labels carefully and checking certificates of analysis (COA) for any products you are considering. Choose a brand with great reviews and high-quality ingredients and you should be in good shape. 

CBD remains one of the top alternative options for sleep aids, as many people do not feel comfortable taking prescription sleeping pills or using controversial over-the-counter supplements like melatonin. CBD does not create a groggy feeling, it is not sedating, and it does not produce common physical side effects such as headaches or stomach upset. Therefore, it remains one of the most widely sought-after supplements to help those who need assistance with their sleep patterns.

Shop CBD for Sleep Today!

If you have questions about CBD and how it can help improve your sleep, learn more about our CBD products today or find a retail partner near you. At Neuro XPF we are passionate about CBD, so we keep ourselves informed of all the latest science. 

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Kyle Turley

Author

Kyle Turley is a former NFL football offensive tackle. Outspoken with his use of Cannabis and CBD, he credits Cannabis for saving his life and continues to help create policy change around marijuana use in the NFL. He is a member of the Doctors for Cannabis Regulation NFL steering committee and is passionate about helping professional athletes suffering from physical and psychological issues recover with the help of CBD. Learn more about Kyle Turley

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