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.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, more than 70 million Americans suffer from some sleep disorder including insomnia, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, and narcolepsy. Another 20 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 help with their sleep issues for centuries. Chinese Medical texts dating back to the 12th-century detail using hemp for health benefits. Chronic, heavy consumption of THC has been related to sleep disturbances. Relive Everyday products are full of the healing benefits of CBD while remaining THC-free.
According to a 2019 survey from Consumer Reports, 10% of Americans who reported trying CBD said they used it to help them sleep and most said it worked. 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. He says it appears that CBD can ease both anxiety and pain, which can lead to better sleep. Dr. Maroon suggested to Consumer Reports that instead of thinking of CBD as an insomnia treatment, to think of it 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 away, 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 dose and see how they feel. Only increase dosing gradually if needed and until you feel an effect. When it comes to concentrated CBD products, a little goes a long way. Also, note that because CBD is impacting the body’s endocannabinoid system, you may need to adjust dosing as you start to feel improvements.
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 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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