CBD and its effectiveness for helping sleep is such a great topic to discuss and a question I get asked about a lot. When I started using CBD it actually wasn't to help me sleep but it quickly became an essential part of my nightly routine. I read somewhere that 50 million Americans suffer from some form of sleep disorder and I was definitely one of them for years.
When we talk about the science behind how CBD helps us get some better zzz's, we need to start with the endocannabinoid system (ESC). That wonderful master regulator that literally controls just about everything that is happening in our body. One of the things that the ESC plays a part in is regulating our circadian rhythms which is all about sleep. We know how effective CBD is at calming anxiety which seems to be, as of right now, the answer to why CBD is so good at helping us sleep.
The thought is that at a higher dose, CBD does what it is really good at but takes it up a notch to quiet the mind and soothe the anxiety making it easier for us to drift off into blissful sleep. Because it is so good at this and because so many people today suffer from sleep disorders, there are ongoing studies that are looking at the sleep piece to see if there is something more specific that CBD does or if it is just the calming affect that works so well.
Since CBD is biphasic in nature, it makes studying it with any degree of certainty more difficult. Add the recognition that everyone's body reacts differently to cannabinoids with varying degrees of sensitivity and it becomes even more difficult to find a consensus. But if you're one of the 50 million Americans who are walking around sleep deprived every day, it might be worthwhile to spend a little time playing around with CBD to find your sweet spot with a dose that works specifically for you and your body.
Like most pharmaceuticals, the prescription sleep medications available come with a whole mess of really undesirable side affects and the nice thing about CBD is that most people who try it don't report any side affects other than their quality of sleep being improved. Our bodies produce their own cannabinoids (endocannabinoids) and not only recognize but readily accept the phytocannabinoids (plant based) like CBD. The way I like to look at it is, by using CBD we're not trying to hack the system (brain) in really unhealthy ways as a means to better sleep, rather we are using something our bodies already produce in a very gentle and natural way to encourage better quality sleep.
Establishing some other good night-time habits along with CBD can help create a healthy foundation to a better night's sleep. We've heard them all before but in case anyone needs a reminder, here's a few tried and true; shut the screen time down and if you just can't wean yourself off that IG feed at least wear some blue light blocking glasses, turn off the TV, try some relaxing music or a bit of meditation to help slow things down, try and be consistent with your bed time, and remember that alcohol and caffeine are not your friends when it comes to sleep.
Sweet dreams ...