Cannabidiol, also known as CBD oil can offer relief if you’re struggling to sleep well. With an overall calming effect and the potential to alleviate pain and anxiety, CBD oil can help you get the sleep you need.
Why Sleep is Essential
You can’t live without healthy sleep. When you don’t sleep enough, as so many of us do, daily life is a struggle. Mental health, cognitive performance, energy, and your overall health suffers. And when you don’t sleep enough, you’re at a greater risk of accidents and developing chronic health conditions such as heart disease or diabetes.
Unfortunately, about a third of adults in the U.S. don’t get enough sleep at night, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That means many adults are sleeping less than the recommended seven to nine hours each night.
Is CBD For Real?
CBD oil has a lot of hype surrounding it, and can be put up to some pretty big promises. It can be difficult to understand how CBD helps, especially when you may not feel the physical effects of the drug in the same way you would with THC. But nonetheless, research suggests CBD can offer help for a variety of conditions, including sleep difficulties.
According to a 2019 study from Kaiser Permanente, CBD oil can offer relief for both anxiety and insomnia. The study examined patients suffering from anxiety or poor sleep. For almost 80 percent, there was a decrease in anxiety, and 67 percent improved sleep within the first month.
Additionally, CBD oil could offer relief for chronic pain. A National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine research review suggests cannabinoids, including CBD, can treat chronic pain. The same review indicates cannabis can offer improved sleep outcomes for patients with sleep disorders, including sleep apnea.
In general, CBD oil is a low risk drug that could offer support for sleep by alleviating the symptoms of insomnia, anxiety, and chronic pain. According to the World Health Organization, CBD has a good safety profile and has a low risk of addiction or adverse effects.
Overall, CBD oil can help you feel calmer and more relaxed, which makes it easier to sleep. It can cut back on symptoms of anxiety, pain, and stress so sleep can come easier.
Using CBD to Support Healthy Sleep
If you’re considering using CBD to help you sleep, keep these tips in mind:
- Don’t use CBD to replace healthy sleep habits. Yes, CBD could improve your sleep. But at the same time, it won’t fix bad sleep habits. If you’re staying up late with too much screen time, drinking coffee late into the day, or sleeping on an erratic schedule, CBD isn’t going to magically make all of your sleep issues go away. But it can make the transition to sleep easier, if you’re practicing healthy sleep habits. That means in addition to using CBD, you should make sure you’re sticking to a consistent sleep schedule with a regular bedtime routine.
- Talk to your doctor about sleep disorders. Similarly, you can’t expect CBD alone to cure serious sleep conditions. If you’re suffering from insomnia, sleep apnea, or other serious sleep disorders, talk to your doctor about treatment and discuss how CBD can be a part of alleviating symptoms.
- Schedule time to sleep time. Sleep quantity is just as important as sleep quality. You can’t expect to get a healthy night of sleep if you’ve only budgeted six hours of rest that night. Generally, adults should shoot for seven to nine hours of sleep every night.
- Consider delivery method and timing. CBD can be used in a variety of ways, whether you’re using edibles, tinctures, smoking, or vaping. Generally, inhalation methods such as smoking or vaping will offer the fastest relief, though it may be short lived. Edibles, tinctures, and other ingestion methods may take some time to kick in, but could offer more sustained relief. Think ahead and consider whether fast relief is more important (such as falling asleep quickly), or sustained relief (such as sleeping through the night.
- Check third party analysis. CBD product testing isn’t required everywhere, but you should make it a requirement before you purchase. Make sure your CBD supplier uses a third party to analyze purity, levels of CBD and THC, and any contaminants present. They should have a certificate of analysis available.
CBD can be a tool for healthy sleep. Make it part of your sleep hygiene so you’re able to alleviate symptoms of insomnia, pain, and anxiety and relax enough to get to sleep at night.
Guest post: Amy Highland is a sleep expert at SleepHelp.org. She loves taking naps during thunderstorms and cuddling up with a blanket, book, and cats.