Many people across the world suffer from sleep problems. Common symptoms of insomnia include waking up during the night, battling to fall asleep or waking up too early in the morning.
According to the Sleep Foundation, between 10% and 30% of American adults live with chronic insomnia, with rates rising among older generations and pregnant women.
Why Do People Struggle with Sleeping?
According to most insomnia statistics, frequent causes of sleep problems are everyday stress, illness, reaction to certain medications, anxiety and depression. Lifestyle habits, like following an irregular sleep schedule, not getting enough physical exercise, using caffeine, nicotine or alcohol and using electronic devices close to bedtime can raise the risk of sleep problems.
A lack of sleep can cause drowsiness, mood changes, lack of focus and other conditions. If this happens on a consistent basis, it can contribute to serious health problems such as depression, pain, hyperthyroidism, arthritis and anxiety.
What Are Some Common Sleep Solutions?
Good sleep hygiene, regular exercise, meditation, cutting down on caffeine intake and taking magnesium or melatonin are some of the ways people try to solve their sleep problems. However, many people resort to using prescription medications, which often have unwanted side effects.
Could CBD Support Healthy Sleep?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of many different cannabinoid compounds in the cannabis plant. It is non-intoxicating and is legal in the U.S. when it contains 0.3% or less of THC. It does not trigger a “high” (like THC will), making it suitable for people of all ages.
CBD offers potential to help with sleep because it can promote relaxation. It interacts with the human endocannabinoid system (ECS), which regulates various bodily functions including sleep, appetite and mood. The ECS helps the body to go back to a natural state of balance or homeostasis by producing endocannabinoids which interact with various receptors.
What the Research Says
Research still needs to catch up with the anecdotal evidence that CBD can help with various sleep issues, although some studies already show promise.
- An early study examined whether administering CBD affected the sleep cycle of rats. Four groups of rats received injections of 2.5 mg/kg, 10 mg/kg, 40 mg/kg and a placebo. Sleep improved significantly in rats that received 10 and 40 mg/kg of CBD compared to the control group.
- A review was conducted on clinical trials using CBD among healthy volunteers, insomniacs and epilepsy patients. Doses of 40mg, 80mg and 160mg of CBD were compared to a placebo and 5mg of Nitrazepam in 15 insomniac volunteers. Subjects who received 160mg of CBD reported having slept significantly more than those receiving a placebo.
- A 2019 study assessed whether CBD could help improve sleep and/or anxiety. The 72 participants included 25 who had difficulty sleeping and 47 with anxiety. Ingesting a 25mg CBD pill for a month in a clinical practice setting showed that nearly 70% of all participants found CBD gave them a better sleep experience.
Factors to Consider When Using CBD for Sleep
- Your Unique Experience with CBD – Some people may find that CBD makes them feel more alert, so it may not help them sleep. Others find it reduces discomfort and supports relaxation which helps them to fall asleep and stay asleep.
- The Type of CBD Product – You will find pure CBD, or a broad or full-spectrum CBD on the market. Many people believe that CBD alone does not work as well as a combination of chemical compounds (found in broad-spectrum or full-spectrum CBD products). This phenomenon is known as the “entourage effect.”
- The Method of Ingestion – CBD products come in many different modes of ingestion, from edibles to tinctures. CBD oils and tinctures are placed under the tongue where they enter the bloodstream, delivering effects quickly and efficiently.
- CBD Dosage – There is no standardized dosage due to individual differences, such as body weight, concentration of CBD and metabolism. As concentration may vary by product, some people may require a higher or lower dose to feel the results. It is always better to start slowly and with a low dosage. When choosing CBD oils or tinctures, many people begin with administering about 0.5ml to 1ml of CBD oil under the tongue about half an hour before bed every night.
- Product Quality – Don’t purchase CBD without first checking where the hemp used in the product was grown, how the CBD was extracted and if third-party laboratory test results are available. These lab reports will confirm what is marketed on the label, giving you more confidence about what you’re putting in your body.
As more large-scale studies are done, it is possible CBD could enter the mainstream as a scientifically proven remedy for sleep issues, bringing relief to countless people worldwide who suffer from these problems.
If you’re seeking natural options to regulate sleep cycles, CBD could be the right choice for you. At ZŪR Organics, we offer a variety of CBD products to support your individual bedtime routines and wellness goals.