March 15th is World Sleep Day!
This day is a celebration of sleep! It’s also a call to action on the importance of healthy sleep and all the ways modern lifestyles impact our ability to get peaceful rest. Not getting enough sleep is a big problem.
Twenty million people report experiencing occasional sleep issues such as difficulty falling asleep, trouble staying asleep, waking up too early, and feeling unrefreshed after sleep.
These issues impact how we work, how we drive, and we move about the world.
CBD and Sleep
People have used cannabis to support sleep habits for centuries. Chinese Medical texts dating back to the 12th-century detail using hemp for health benefits. However, chronic, heavy consumption of THC has been related to sleep disturbances. Relive Everyday products include the sleep supporting benefits of CBD while remaining THC-free.
Consumer Reports talked to Joseph Maroon, M.D., a neurosurgeon at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center who researches the effects of cannabis on the brain. Dr. Maroon suggested to Consumer Reports, to think of CBD as a natural alternative for anxious thoughts that can keep us up when it’s time for sleep. Dr. Maroon also suggests people talk to their doctor before starting any kind of sleep treatment.
A 2017 review of studies in the medical journal Current Psychiatry Reports suggests CBD may directly impact sleep by the way it interacts with receptors in the brain that govern sleep cycles. The human body has a natural endocannabinoid system with receptors that affect the body’s natural sleep and wake cycle. The endocannabinoid system and circadian rhythms regulate our ability to fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up feeling rested.
CBD may help people both fall asleep and stay awake, depending on the time of day. Studies show taking CBD may contribute to fewer nighttime sleep interruptions and increased quality of sleep time; which leads to improved awake states.
How much CBD is Needed to Sleep Well?
We always suggest people start with a small serving and see how they feel. Only increase servings gradually if needed and until you feel an effect, but don’t exceed the labeled serving on a product. When it comes to concentrated CBD products, a little goes a long way. Also, note that you may need to adjust servings as you start to feel improvements. One way to do this is by seeking a product with higher CBD content per serving.
Always talk to your doctor if you are taking other medications and supplements for sleep, pain, and anxiety. CBD can interact with some medications, similarly to grapefruit. CBD may heighten or suppress the impact of certain drugs so be sure to check with a medical professional for interactions. Also, check your use of herbs and supplements that promote sleep. CBD can lead to increased sleepiness and drowsiness when combined with other herbs that also promote sleepiness such as California poppy, catnip, hops, Kava, and Valerian.
We wish you sweet dreams this National Sleep Day!
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