CBD to maintain healthy sleep cycles
What the research says about CBD and sleep
To understand whether CBD can improve sleep, we first have to understand what causes poor sleep.
Insomnia can be attributed by a number of factors:
- Stress and pressure
- Mental health disorders, such as anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and depression
- Medication, which can disturb your sleep-wake cycle
- Physical conditions, such as chronic pain and restless leg syndrome
- Caffeine, especially when consumed late in the day
- Environmental factors, such as loud noises or an uncomfortable bed
Some research suggests that CBD can treat sleep and anxiety. The subjects were each given 25 milligrams (mg) of CBD in capsule form each day. In the first month, 79.2 percent of the patients reported lower anxiety levels and 66.7 percent reported better sleep.
How to use CBD for sleep
At Vibes Organics, our CBD products come in different forms including:
The dosage of CBD you use depends on a number of factors, such as your weight, personal body chemistry, and sleep pattern. It’s best to start with a low dosage and gradually increase it until you find an optimal level that works best for you.
How CBD can help you get a better night of sleep
1. CBD slows neurological activity at bedtime
We all felt it before — you’re lying-in bed thinking about an upcoming meeting, interview, exam, or presentation the next day. No matter how hard you try, your mind just keeps racing with thoughts about the event. CBD works to slow down our brain activity — making us feel more relaxed and tired. This effect has a dramatic impact on our ability to fall asleep at night. For best results, take CBD at least an hour before bed to give it time to take effect. Combine CBD oil with other habits — avoiding phone or computer screens for at least an hour before bed, practicing meditation and yoga.
2. CBD extends sleep time
Not only does CBD help you fall asleep, it helps you stay asleep too. Our sleep cycles are regulated by “circadian rhythm,” — which releases a series of hormones and neurotransmitters throughout the day to keep us awake. In the evening, it causes the release of a separate set of neurotransmitters that enable us to get to sleep. Chronic stress and anxiety can cause the circadian rhythm to fall out of balance.
CBD works by regulating the circadian rhythm to prevent it from waking us up too early. This leads to longer, more restorative sleep. For best results, CBD should be used as a dietary supplement consistently. Similar to taking vitamins, best results are obtained when you intake habitually over a long period of time. The circadian rhythm is a complex process that requires time to change. It can take up to two weeks of regular use before you’ll start to feel the benefits of CBD oil.
3. CBD eliminates common causes of insomnia
One of the most common causes of insomnia is chronic pain. Moving around at night triggers pain signals that can prevent us from getting enough of the deep sleep we need. CBD is a powerful pain-killer that helps alleviate and stop pain in the joints, back, muscles, or elsewhere in the body from affecting your deep sleep — helping you get a more refreshing sleep each night!
Talk to your doctor before trying CBD
Last but not least, It’s essential to talk to your doctor before taking supplements or medication of any kind — including CBD. Your doctor is best equipped to tell you how to use CBD to improve your sleep based on your specific conditions.