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Could CBD do what other sleeping aides can't?

Over 70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders, which can affect focus, mood, stress, and appetite throughout the day.

Insufficient sleep has been linked to a number of chronic health issues, such as Type II diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and depression.

The most common sleep disorders include insomnia, sleep apnea, and restless leg syndrome.

People suffering from sleep disorders will try anything to get a solid night’s rest, including supplements like melatonin or prescription drugs like Ambien.

However, many people are wary of the drowsy effects of prescription sleep aids, not to mention other potential side effects. Supplements can help, but only so much.

Luckily for people looking for a restful night of sleep, studies are increasingly showing that CBD may be an effective treatment for sleep disorders.

CBD and Stress Relief

For many sleep issues, stress is often the leading culprit.

In one study on job stress and sleep, respondents reported up to 11 days a month where their sleep was affected.

Since poor sleep can affect job performance the next day, this can become a negative cycle that leads into insomnia.

Or, people can fixate on needing sleep, a fixation that can be stressful and sleep-inhibiting in its own right.

Could CBD help ease these stress cycles?

The science on CBD as a stress-reliever is still in the early stages, however preclinical evidence shows how CBD could help safely reduce stress, especially for conditions like PTSD, OCD, and generalized anxiety disorder.

If anxiety and stress are keeping you up at night, supplementing with CBD during the day could be worth a shot.

CBD and Pain Relief

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Addressing chronic pain issues is a huge factor for sleep and general quality of life.

The effects of pain on sleep disturbance can be even greater than stress.

Whether it’s a matter of not being able to get comfortable for the night, or the ache of a chronic pain issue, it can be a challenge to get a full night’s rest. 

Even worse, lack of sleep can actually increase pain sensitivity, which can also become a vicious cycle when trying to fall asleep the next night.

Researchers have found that CBD can have an effect both as a muscle relaxant and as a relief from both short term and chronic pain.

If you are able to bring your pain levels down with CBD, you’re quality of sleep will hopefully improve as well.

CBD and Sleep Regulation

One of the more interesting areas of study revolves around CBD’s direct effects on sleep regulation.

Animal studies are beginning to show that CBD can prolong the deep sleep stage before the more active REM sleep cycles, which occur 90 minutes after falling asleep.

In a study published by the Journal of Psychopharmacology, CBD was also shown to increase the percentage of sleep time in the animal subjects studied, as well as decrease the amount of time it takes to fall asleep.

Dosing, however, is a critical factor. Some studies have shown that low doses of CBD can be energizing, while higher dosages are soporific.

Because of these opposite effects, people will want to experiment with their CBD regimen to find what works best for them in terms of dosage and time of day administered.

Conclusion: It’s Worth A Try

Sleep disorders have many causes and there can be a lot keeping each of us up at night, whether it’s life stress, chronic pain, or a biological sleep disorder.

However, studies are showing that CBD does have an impact on our sleep cycles and can also benefit other issues preventing sleep.

If you can find a quality CBD product, you can experiment with both daytime and nighttime use while trying to find your lowest, most effective dose.


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