Can’t Sleep? Tips & Tricks for Improved Rest with CBD
By Emily Cotter
We all know we should be getting eight hours of restful sleep per night, but how many of us actually do? Almost 80 percent of Americans say they have trouble sleeping at least once a week, according to a recent survey by Consumer Reports. The contributing factors to common sleep issues can be environmental (temperature, noise), physical (pain, caffeine) or psychological (stress, anxiety), but regardless of the cause, a poor night’s sleep does more than make for a tough morning. Consistent lack of sleep can cause harm to the physical body, including the immune system, digestive system, and the cardiovascular system – nevermind the consequences for our mental health.
Many people use over-the-counter sleep aids or prescription drugs to help them sleep, but these medications often have limitations and/or risks associated with regular use. As hemp and CBD become more popular and widely available, many people are turning to CBD as a safe, non-habit forming, and natural alternative to existing treatments. Others are skeptical, or dissatisfied with the CBD they have tried to use for sleep in the past.
So is CBD an effective remedy for sleep, and if so, how does it work? As always, it is important to note that like so many other areas within cannabis science, there is simply not a well-developed body of evidence on using CBD as a sleep aid – at least, not yet. The data on using cannabis in general for sleep is more substantial, but those studies typically revolve around the use of marijuana, so the impact of the presence of THC is probably significant. The research on CBD for sleep that does exist is promising, but it may point more to CBD as an effective treatment of anxiety-related sleep deprivation, in particular. A well-known 2019 study, for example, found improvements in sleep for 66.7% of participants, while 79.2% experienced reduced anxiety with CBD use, and the improvements for those participants were more sustained over time. However, this study was limited to 72 participants (some of whom were seeking relief from anxiety, while others were dealing with insomnia), and they were all given 25mg CBD per day, administered either in the morning or the evening, depending on their reason for treatment. As we know that dosage, route of administration, and overall experience can vary greatly among individuals, it’s clear that there needs to be a heck of a lot more scientific research conducted, before we have any concrete answers about the use of CBD for sleep.
What we do know, is that taking CBD is not likely to make you drowsy, in and of itself. But it seems that it can, in it’s own way, help with falling asleep, staying asleep, and waking up feeling refreshed. This could be because CBD may affect the release of cortisol (the stress hormone), or because it helps address the root cause of insomnia, whether it be physical or mental. We know that the endocannabinoid system is partially responsible for regulating our sleep/wake cycle, and that CBD may change how the CB1 receptors interact with our bodies’ own endogenous cannabinoids. For more information on the endocannabinoid system, check out our blog on the subject (future link).
If you are interested in using Lovewell Farms CBD to improve your sleep, there are a few options you could try. If the cause of your insomnia is physical pain, you may want to apply one of our topicals (link to store) before bed, or you can help to relax your physical body by enjoying one of our CBD Bath & Body Care products (link) in the evening. Smoking a CBD pre-roll (link) or vaping raw hemp flower (link) can be one of the fastest and most affordable ways to feel the calming effects of CBD, if you’re into that sort of thing, but most of our customers choose to use CBD Oil Tincture as part of their evening routine (check out our tips for getting the most out of your CBD Oil Tincture here (link)).
When we launched our CBD+ Plant-Powered line (link), we wanted to create products that are more effective than using CBD alone, due to the incorporation of botanical extracts that are traditionally used in herbal remedies. Our CBD+ Sleep Oil Tincture (link) is quickly becoming one of our best selling products, and with ingredients like USDA-Certified Organic extracts of lavender, chamomile, skullcap, passionflower, and more, we can understand why – these powerful plant extracts help the body and mind to relax all the more, and when combined with Lovewell Farms CBD extract, it’s a dream team (no pun intended)!
Regardless of the remedy you choose, remember to start low and go slow when it comes to dosing, but don’t be afraid to increase your dose over time. Ingestible forms of CBD, like our CBD Oil Tinctures, are processed more slowly than smoking or vaping CBD flower, so it’s a good idea to take your CBD Oil Tincture about an hour before bedtime, if that is your preferred method of application. It’s also important to remember that CBD is not likely going to completely eliminate the root cause of every type of insomnia, but it can be an easy and effective addition to your nightly routine. Here are some other tips that could help improve your night’s sleep, alongside using Lovewell Farms CBD:
- Maintain a regular sleep schedule, that allows for 8 full hours of deep sleep
- Turn off all screens one hour before bedtime
- Take a few moments to empty your mind by writing in a journal or making your to-do list before bed
- Avoid alcohol, and sugar in the evening (easier said than done sometimes, am I right?)
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – may be an expensive or less accessible option, but could be helpful for getting to the root of your sleep issues
- Stop caffeine intake six hours before bedtime
- Exercise regularly, and eat a balanced diet
At Lovewell Farms, we recognize that in an industry as new and evolving as the CBD space, it can be confusing to find the right remedy for you, so we want to provide you with the knowledge you need to make informed decisions for yourself and your family.
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