Can CBD Help You Sleep?
CBD is becoming more and more talked about lately for some of its uses in other applications outside of exercise and sports, and we’re seeing more and more reports of it being used at the end of the day before bed. While the supplement doesn’t contain any of the intoxicating THC that is known to cause ‘sleepy’ effects associated with hemp, CBD may be able to help make a difference for people who have trouble getting to sleep easily at the end of the day.
How CBD Interacts With Your Body
The main way CBD users experience the supplement is through the body’s endocannabinoid system, a series of nerve receptors which interact with your body via the introduction of cannabinoids, of which CBD is one of. The phenomenon of cannabis having such profound effects on the body is all to do with this system, a remarkable natural coincidence where plant particles have just the right configuration in order to change the way we feel.
Hemp plants used for CBD harvesting are selectively bred to provide the more desirable cannabinoids and our Goodbody Botanical products are THC free. As such, it doesn’t give a ‘high’ or any sort of sense of being out of control of one’s senses. CBD is one of the more common cannabinoids and the one that people are beginning to feel has the most value.
Another property of the endocannabinoid system being interacted with by using CBD is that it can have an effect on the body’s Gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA receptors, which are important in the transmission of neural information throughout your body. CBD also seems to have an effect on serotonin receptors too, and both receptors have a varying degree of influence on our circadian rhythms and the way we sleep. This includes our sleep-wake cycles and the body’s ‘biological clock’.
How A Good Night’s Sleep Improves Your Day
Obviously the most important part about using CBD for improving your sleep is the benefit of good sleep itself. This is all very well known - good sleep improves concentration, mood, energy and in some cases even the way our bodies feel physically. Our overreliance on caffeine, long working hours, stressful routines, bad diets, use of alcohol, poor exercise, and the general strain of living in the modern human world all contribute to bad sleep experiences - a vicious cycle which is hard to get out of without an extreme amount of willpower on the part of the individual.
In a ‘normal’ undisrupted sleep cycle typically the person will get tired, go to bed, fall asleep, dream, and enter a deep sleep state, then return through these steps to wakefulness again. The deep sleep phase is considered to be the most restful, and the dreaming phases or REM sleep phases less so. Light REM sleep being reduced in favor of more deep sleep can improve memory and concentration, as well as help ease symptoms of depression in some cases.
CBD Sleep Studies
At present a few different scientific studies have been conducted around CBD and sleep which offer an early insight into the possibility of the use of CBD to help treat insomnia. Patients are often prescribed medication designed to aid sleep by artificially reducing anxiety or induce sleep via chemical means, but studies like this one here have begun to suggest that CBD may also possibly be linked with sleep. It’s a bit more difficult to conclude on how cannabinoids work because they tend to have different effects on different people, but the research indicates that.
Another interesting factor with research into cannabinoids is how there are man-made cannabinoids already on the market which have been already used in limited ways to help with sleep. These synthetic products often have vastly different, sometimes disruptive effects on the body compared to CBD, so it’s interesting to note that the natural hemp products are a more reliable choice, despite being a little bit more unpredictable.
A second study here conducted with the aim of reducing sleep disturbances in a patient with post-traumatic stress disorder had some interesting and promising results. One of the difficulties patients who have suffered trauma have is maintaining and getting to sleep, and the study concluded that CBD oil may indeed have a quality which helped the patient rest more easily when taken over a long period of time.
Can CBD Help Me Sleep?
Although a few studies are now out it’s still a little difficult to conclude anything with a 100% degree of certainty, but if you’re having difficulty with sleep CBD is definitely something you could consider trying during your wind-down routine before you go to bed. There are many other less natural remedies, as well as herbal ones, which are designed to do the same thing, but as with all things, testing out what’s available and seeing what works best is probably a good idea.
Taking CBD at a few intervals throughout the day may even contribute to a more healthy sleep cycle as well, but it’s important to note that if your sleep problems are persistent, worsening, and/or having a big impact on your life, you should consult a GP right away. No outlet or social media page should be claiming CBD is a ‘cure’ or miracle solution to problems like insomnia, and the underlying causes of sleeplessness may be something you would be better off looking into with health professionals.
For those who are looking to give CBD a try you can find a plethora of oils, tinctures and tablets on our Goodbody Botanicals store, and all of these contain enough CBD for you to make an informed decision on whether the cannabinoid supplement can help you out. As always, we recommend taking it over a medium to long period of time, and of course to always read the label. All our products are naturally free of THC and are legal to buy and consume in the UK.
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