Initial research into CBD shows that it holds promise in promoting a healthy amount of sleep.
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Lack of sleep plagues over 30% of the American population, with approximately 10 million people using prescription sleep aids.1 We are always looking for new research, techniques, and products to help us sleep better and feel more rested. Perhaps this is why the research into taking CBD oil for sleep is so exciting.
Lack of sleep isn’t just a nuisance — it can be downright bad for health. One study found that 40% of people suffering from insomnia also experienced some type of psychiatric disorder.2 Sleep deprivation, or continual poor sleep has been linked to serious medical conditions, including heart disease, weakened immune system, diabetes, and diminished longevity. This is because sleep (and all its phases) is the time when our body undergoes muscle repair, memory consolidation, detoxification, and release of regulating hormones. A number of factors can cause poor sleep including stress and anxiety, chronic pain, and endocrine imbalances.
Stress can be a killer when it comes to sleep. In fact, more than half of Americans say they’ve lost sleep due to stress.4 So, for those who are missing out on valuable sleep due to their racing minds, CBD oil appears to hold some therapeutic promise.
A study published in the British Journal of Pharmacology found that CBD interacts with serotonin receptors in the brain.5 Serotonin participates in many biological processes. These include the mediation of stress, appetite, addiction, pain perception, nausea, and sleep.
A study that examined the ways in which serotonin impacts sleep discovered that stimulation of serotonin receptors could help in facilitating sleep.6 By interacting with the serotonin receptors in the brain, CBD can promote healthy and restful sleep.
CBD Oil and the Sleep Cycle
Our sleep cycle follows a pattern of alternating REM and NREM sleep.7 The majority of sleep is NREM (approximately 75%), which is essential for memory, hormone release, as well as cell production and repair.
The rest of sleep (25%) is REM — eye movements become rapid, and the brain perks up, resembling the brain when it is awake. This is when your most vivid dreams occur. Sleepers also dream during NREM sleep, but these dreams tend to be more concept-based rather than the vivid and emotional REM dreams. The ill effects of REM sleep deprivation are less severe than NREM deprivation.
How long before CBD will improve your sleep?
Everyone’s bodies and endocannabinoid systems are unique, which is why there is no standard period after which you will feel guaranteed effects. Some people find that they sleep better the very first night that they take CBD, while others take weeks. Experiment until you find what works for you, and don’t give up if you find that CBD isn’t a quick-fix supplement. Some guidelines for ‘experimenting’ might ensure you feel the effects of CBD faster:
Start with a low dose
If you’ve never taken CBD before, introduce it to your system with a lower dose instead of flooding your system with it. Generally speaking, if you don’t feel any improvements in your sleep after a week, you can go ahead and increase your dose. Repeat the process as needed until you feel effects.
Don’t skip days when taking CBD for sleep, especially in the early stages. Every dose provides support to the endocannabinoid system to help you get the rest you want. Consistency is especially important while you figure out what dose is best for you.
Pay attention to yourself
Keep track of any differences you feel in your body and mind to know whether to increase or decrease your dosage.
Play around with schedules
Some might benefit from taking one dose in the morning or evening, while others might get better results from micro dosing through the day. Find what works for you!
The research shows CBD interacts with our sleep cycles in a complex way that includes mitigating stress, prolonging essential NREM sleep cycles, and stabilizing sleep patterns. For the 10 million Americans that are affected by lack of restful sleep, CBD oil can provide benefits to your sleep cycle.
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