CBD for Sleep
Many people find high-quality CBD helpful in the treatment of conditions that negatively affect sleep, including insomnia, restless leg syndrome, anxiety and pain. Sleep disorders refer to changes in sleeping patterns or habits that negatively impact health. These disorders are surprisingly common, affecting 50-70 million adults in the United States and are a primary reason many seek medical attention.
Unfortunately, it is common practice by medical professionals to prescribe pharmaceutical sleep aids, like Ambien and Lunesta. These drugs can have negative side effects, including drowsiness, when taken regularly and can often lead to chemical dependency. The FDA has recently required new “boxed” warnings for these drugs to alert physicians and patients to potentially serious side effects. Studies have shown that people who use these hypnotic drugs are 4.6 times more likely to die than people who do not.
Over the counter sleep aids have associated side effects and are not intended for long-term use. The drawbacks to over the counter sleep aids and prescription sleeping pills have led to an increased interest in more natural ways to obtain a healthy night’s sleep, including the use of CBD.
Studies suggest CBD not only decreases anxiety and pain, but positively affects sleep and wake cycles. In a 2014 study, CBD improved quality of sleep in patients with Parkinson’s. A 2019 study using CBD as a potential treatment for anxiety, revealed that 66% of people using CBD reported better sleep.
Not only can CBD benefit those with sleep disorders, it can promote wakefulness in patients with conditions like narcolepsy. CBD is known to cause a biphasic effect in some people. This means CBD at lower doses can improve alertness and at higher doses, can cause sedation.
It is still not completely understood how CBD works to affect sleep and wake cycles, but there is much evidence to suggest a strong relationship between the body’s Endocannabinoid system and circadian rhythms. CBD, in acting on the ECS, can promote both sleep and wakefulness.
In addition to making healthy lifestyle changes, CBD may prove to be a safer, more natural way to obtain a better night’s sleep. For some, it may also be useful in promoting daytime alertness and productivity.